Bail Bandits Carried out 15 Killings; Justice Crisis': Charlie Flanagan
Byline: ALAN SHERRY
MORE than a dozen killings have been linked to criminals out on bailsince January last year.
CSO statistics reveal that 15 manslaughters or murders over that period haveinvolved suspects out on bail at the time.
Overall the number of offences committed by criminals out on bail has risen by60 per cent in just four years.
There have been 21 cases of rape and sexual assault, almost 1,000 assaults andmore than 600 firearms offences by bailed criminals since 2007.
Some 33,000 offences in all were carried out by bailed thugs in the past 18months.
In the wake of the figures, Fine Gael Justice spokesman Charlie Flanaganyesterday sought a Dail debate to discuss the ongoing crisis in the criminaljustice system.
He said: Fianna Fail should be ashamed of the current bail system, which isreleasing dangerous individuals back on to the streets to commit seriouscrimes. Mr Flanagan also expressed concern over the number of firearms offencescommitted by people out on bail.
He said: The Governments attempts to tackle gangland crime look laughable whenthere were 480 incidents of firearms and offensive weapons cases involvingsuspects out on bail last year.
He called on the Government to hold a special Dail debate to allow JusticeMinister Dermot Ahern to explain why suspects for serious crimes are beingreleased back into the community.
The worrying statistics follow the publication last week of the overall crimefigures, which showed murders were up by almost 28 per cent, murder threats by73.5 per cent and drug offences by almost a third.
Mr Flanagan reiterated calls for those on bail to be electronically tagged andmonitored before they stand trial. …