Sunday 17 December 2017

Murdered by a criminal running wild out on bail

The murder of a young mother by a violent offender out on bail for another crime is just one of the cases which highlights the need for reform of our bail laws, writes Emer Connolly

TO mark her 33rd birthday, Sylvia Roche-Kelly joined friends for a night out in Limerick. The mother of two was familiar with the city and had decided to treat herself to a rare evening out on the town.

Sylvia had been running her own art gallery in Sixmilebridge but this had just recently closed. She lived at Ballintlea, between Cratloe and Sixmilebridge, with her two children, a son aged 12 and a four-year-old daughter. She had recently separated from her husband, Lorcan Roche-Kelly.

While socialising that night with her sister and friends, Sylvia bumped into a young man in Ted's nightclub. It appeared, on the face of it, no more than an innocent encounter, but just hours later he would murder her in a hotel bedroom.

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