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Caught in the act

Sir -- Last week's paper (Jan 15) carried as a story a series of pictures of a man blatantly destroying a car to get at the goods inside. It was a disgusting display of the brazen attitude criminals in this country have developed, unafraid of the consequences of their actions.

The likelihood is that, because of the detailed photos cleverly taken by your photographer, this man will be caught and the full weight of the law brought against him. However, what good does this do when the law is featherweight at best?

When caught, he will be brought to court to plead a case that doesn't exist.

It will cost the State money to hire a judge to say 'guilty'. Then there is the cost of heating and powering the court, plus other minor expenses.

Finally, the culprit will likely apply for free legal aid, at the taxpayers' expense.

When he is judged guilty -- as you can see, I still have some faith in our justice system -- he will be handed a meagre fine, no doubt, and given plenty of time to pay it, more time than any decent, law abiding citizen will have to pay the Household Charge.

Following payment of this fine, possibly by means of other robberies, he will be free to carry on as he likes here, no doubt keeping an eye out for wily photographers.

Killian Foley-Walsh,

Kilkenny

Sir -- Re the Sean Dunne interview with Ronald Quinlan, a few questions that need clarification. Seeing that the taxpayer is paying for the disastrous decisions of bankers and developers, how is Mr Dunne funding his present lifestyle?

If I owed a fraction of what he owes, I couldn't afford a bus fare, let alone flights back and forth to the US,

How has he funded his property purchases in the US? He states that he sees his future in the US. How has he obtained a visa that allows him do that? Thousands of Irish immigrants living in the US at present, who are illegal, would like Mr Dunne to tell them how he has obtained a visa.

Thomas Fahy,

Rathfarnham,

Dublin 14

Sunday Independent