Call for mandatory jail terms for those who attack the elderly
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.