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Sunday 17 December 2017

Manuela's father blames justice system for murder

Lynne Kelleher

THE heartbroken father of murdered Swiss student Manuela Riedo said she would still be alive today if not for a mistake of the justice system.

Gerald Barry murdered Manuela (17) in Galway on October 8, 2007 -- while he was a suspect in the brutal rape of a French student and on bail on a charge of violently assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

Manuela's devastated father Hans-Peter Riedo said he was horrified to learn of Barry's violent history at the murder trial.

"It was the mistake of the Irish justice system. If not for them, Manuela would still be alive today."

Mr Riedo said on the day of murder, Barry should have been in custody for the rape of the French girl. "That was almost as difficult as the news of the death," he told a new documentary to be broadcast on RTE 1 tomorrow.

However, retired Detective Superintendent PJ Durkin said there was insufficient evidence to charge Barry at that time.

'Cracking Crime' is broadcast tomorrow at 9.35pm on RTE 1.

Irish Independent

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