Sunday 20 October 2019

Rogers family statement: 'We have no wish to deflect the pain ...'

THE full statement issued by Sean and Margaret Rogers in relation to the death of their son, Shane Rogers, on remand for killing GAA star James Hughes.

"We would like to again extend our sympathy to Mr Hughes' family and also the families of Ms Byrne and Mr Callan," they said.

"We have instructed our solicitor Martin Crilly to write to the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter to seek a full, independent and comprehensive investigation into the circumstances of Shane's death, which should be set up immediately.

"Our request for an inquiry is not intended to deflect from the pain and suffering being endured by the Hughes family and friends.

"The last thing we would want to do would be to deepen the Hughes family's grief.

"We are aware that a Garda investigation and an internal prison investigation are being carried out but we consider that a fully independent inquiry should be established by the minister similar to those carried out by the Garda Ombudsman's office.

"We wish to emphasise that we feel that such an investigation is necessary in this case not only in the interest of Shane but in the interest of other prisoners who are vulnerable.

"We know that Shane was deeply sorry over what happened.

"He showed absolute remorse over the death of Mr Hughes and the injuries to Ms Byrne and Mr Callan.

"Shane would have done anything to undo the harm that he had done. Our deepest sympathies are with the Hughes family.

"We would like to wait until after Shane's funeral to issue a fuller statement but at this stage we would like to ask the media to respect our privacy at this time.’’

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