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Gardai shocked by lack of anger at Mariora death

SENIOR gardai feel the lack of public outrage over the brutal murder of Marioara Rostas raises serious questions about our society.

Chief Superintendent Michael O'Sullivan said the Roma teenager "suffered an appalling death that is incomprehensible in a civilised society".

In an editorial in the Garda Review, Garda Representative Association (GRA) general secretary PJ Stone has said this was "a heinous crime" which shocked gardai.

"In the final days of her life she was treated horrifically; the manner of her death too savage to be understood within a developed society," he said.

"As a society, are we ambivalent towards the murder because the victim was a member of the Roma community or have we simply become indifferent and complacent to criminal justice issues?" PJ Stone asks.

"Where are the outpourings of disgust that such a level of depravity could be committed here? The vocal dissension and mobilisation against fox and stag hunting, and the political communication to retain the medical card for the senior citizens dwarfed any rallying against violent and murderous sexual predators," he added.

Mr Stone said "not all murders are equal" and that some murders should have longer prison sentences.

Mr Stone said some killers "extend the victim's suffering while others pursue physical torture and psychological cruelty to the level of incongruity that we can only term as 'horror'.

The GRA has also asked if the murder of 18-year-old Marioara would have created more public outrage had she been Irish.

Marioara was abducted in January 2008 in Dublin City centre by a member of a notorious extended crime family.