Sunday 19 November 2017

Relatives left with a 'life sentence'

Edel Kennedy

A VICTIM support group last night warned that an increasingly violent society is leaving more devastated families struggling to cope with sudden loss.

Joan Deane, chair of victims support group AdVIC, was speaking after the death of Eugene Moloney (55) on Dublin's Camden St early on Sunday morning.

"Extreme violence seems to be coming very easily to people," she said. "It's certainly no secret that a lot of young people are out roaming the streets when they are drunk, and sometimes when they're on drugs."

She said there was "no one simple answer", adding that the impact of these crimes on the victim's family's was huge.

"It robs the victim's family of a loved one and leaves them with a life sentence."

A total of 32 people have suffered violent deaths this year.

In May, Phyllis Black (51) was found dead in her apartment at Liberty House, Dublin. She had been involved in an altercation at a chip shop the evening before her death where she was pushed and banged her head on the street.

A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) after a woman voluntarily went to the gardai.

In February, James Tynan (25), from Johnstown, Co Kilkenny, died after suffering severe head injuries during a night out in Tipperary. Detectives believe he was only punched once but banged his head on the ground during the assault.

Irish Independent

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