Saturday 26 May 2018

Parents of teen killed in Galway will never forgive ‘non-human insect’

Manuella Riedo pictured in Galway.
Manuella Riedo pictured in Galway.

Cian Murray

THE parents of a Swiss teenager who was murdered in Galway have dismissed any chance of ever forgiving their daughter's killer.

Manuela Riedo was 17-years-old when she was brutally murdered in Galway on October 7, 2007 by Gerald Barry.

The teenager was two days into a two-week language exchange program.

Speaking on the Anton Savage show on Today FM, Manuela's parents, Peter and Arlette, stated that they don't even see Barry as human.

When asked if they could forgive the man, Peter said: "No. (He is) not human," while Arlette added "no, this man is for me, an insect."

Eight weeks before Manuela's murder, Barry raped a 21-year-old French student.

Gardai were investigating the rape when Manuela was murdered.

Peter and Arlette expressed disappointment in the Irish judicial system that allowed someone like Barry to be on the streets.

Peter said: "She was the sunshine of my life... we cannot understand why this man was out of jail. He is a dangerous man."

Despite this, they still enjoy visiting the country as it brings them closer to their daughter.

They said: “It’s a second home (for us). (It was)  Manuela’s last home was in this country and when we come here, it makes us feel a little bit closer.”  

The pair are in Ireland for the Dingle Marathon which takes place on Sunday.

They will be raising funds for The Manuela Riedo Foundation at the event.

The Foundation, set-up in memory of their daughter, raises funds for awareness and prevention of sexual crime in Ireland.

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