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Family fury as sex killer freed five years early


Justice Minister Dermot Ahern was under pressure today to revoke the early release of serial killer Michael Bambrick.

The 56-year-old, regarded as a serious threat to women, will walk free from jail next Friday.

Bambrick, who killed two women after bondage sessions, was jailed for 18 years in 1996 but has served just 12 years and nine months.

The killer is scheduled to leave Arbour Hill Prison within days, prompting calls for him to serve his full sentence.

Fine Gael said today automatic remission for serious offenders should end.

The party’s justice spokesman Charlie Flanagan said he would have “grave concerns” about the impending release of Bambrick who will be out five years before the end of his full sentence.

The killer will go free having not taken part in any programmes for sex offenders during his 13 years in Arbour Hill.

“The Fine Gael view is that automatic remission should be ended.

“No prisoner convicted of serious offences should be released into the community without having earned that remission,” Mr Flanagan said.

Family members of Patricia McGauley, who was brutally butchered by Bambrick, have expressed outrage that he is to walk free next Friday.

The killer cut up Ms McGauley, his common-law wife, with a hacksaw and buried her remains in a dump.

Bambrick was also convicted of killing single mother Mary Cummins.

The family of Ms McGauley said “she was a mother, a sister, a friend. We believe that justice is not being served for her or Mary Cummins - it’s an absolute disgrace”.

Bambrick, formally of St Ronan's Park, Clondalkin, was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 1996 for the gruesome killing of Ms McGauley, his 43-year-old former partner and mother of their two daughters.

He was sentenced to 18 years for the manslaughter of Mary Cummins, with both sentences to run concurrently.