Tuesday 17 September 2019

Monsters who were allowed to walk free - and went on to commit murder and rape

Jerry McGrath
Jerry McGrath
Gerald Barry

Eoin Berkley's case is not the first time our bail laws and their enforcement have been put under the spotlight.

Jerry McGrath

In 2007, mother-of-two Sylvia Roche Kelly (33) was murdered in a hotel room in Limerick by a man who was out on bail for two other crimes.

Unknown to Ms Roche Kelly, Jerry McGrath was before the court on charges of assaulting a female taxi driver in Cavan.

While on bail for that offence, he tried to abduct a child in Tipperary.

He was charged with false imprisonment and freed on bail again - the judge had not been told that he was already on bail for assaulting a taxi driver.

Five days later, he met Ms Roche Kelly.

Gerald Barry

In 2007, Gerald Barry was out on bail when he murdered a young Swiss student out walking in Galway.

Then 29 years old, he had been charged with assaulting his former girlfriend and was waiting to go on trial.

Gardaí had arrested Barry in connection to the rape of a French student.

That investigation was still ongoing when he appeared in Galway District Court in August 2007

Gardaí objected to bail but a judge granted it.

Seven weeks later, he attacked Swiss student Manuela Riedo (17) in Galway. Barry is now serving three life sentences for her rape and murder.

He was later convicted of raping the French student.

Celyn Eadon

Noirin Kelly-Eadon (46), was killed by her son Celyn Eadon (19). He appeared before Castlebar District Court in February 2011.

The judge ordered him to be remanded in custody that morning but due to a garda blunder, he was allowed to walk out of the courthouse. Three weeks later he stabbed his mother to death because she threw a bag of his drugs onto the fire in frustration.

Irish Independent

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