Call for manda­tory jail terms for those who at­tack the el­derly

Bray People - - NEWS -

CALLS HAVE been made for the in­tro­duc­tion of manda­tory prison sen­tences fol­low­ing the con­vic­tion of man for a bru­tal as­sault on an el­derly woman in Bray last year.

Fol­low­ing the con­clu­sion of the case sur­round­ing the at­tack on 89-year-old Eva Sut­ton in her Bray home, Wick­low TD Pat Casey said that sim­i­lar at­tacks have oc­curred in south Wick­low too and has called for a crack­down by the State on such crimes.

‘Like any right think­ing per­son, I was shocked and dis­gusted by this at­tack,’ said Deputy Casey.

‘ There can be no tol­er­a­tion of these types of at­tack, and it’s clear that those who per­pe­trate them should feel the full rigours of the jus­tice sys­tem. Sim­i­lar at­tacks have oc­curred to older res­i­dents of ru­ral south Wick­low and a crack­down is needed by the forces of the State on these evil crimes,’ he said.

Deputy Casey raised con­cerns over the low lev­els of garda re­sources in the county.

‘Garda re­sources in Wick­low re­main low and I am very con­cerned that the num­bers of gar­daí on the beat in the county is not enough to tackle the lev­els and se­ri­ous­ness of crime that is be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced. Just be­fore the Dáil re­cess, I again raised the lack of new gar­daí in Wick­low di­rectly to the new Min­is­ter for Jus­tice Char­lie Flana­gan and I will not stop un­til num­bers are re­stored.’

He high­lighted an un­der­spend of €800,000 in the Se­nior Alert Scheme which makes peo­ple feel safer in their homes as they can re­port in­trud­ers quickly.

‘ There needs to be a dis­cus­sion in this coun­try about how we deal with peo­ple who en­gage in ab­hor­rent and sense­less at­tacks on vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple, or in­deed emer­gency ser­vice per­son­nel. There can be no tol­er­ance for such at­tacks, and our so­ci­ety should make it very clear to peo­ple who en­gage in such be­hav­iour that they will face the full rigour of the le­gal sys­tem. Vul­ner­a­ble older peo­ple should never be fear­ful about stay­ing in their homes.

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