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category national | miscellaneous | press release author Friday May 27, 2011 16:45author by Malachy Steenson - Workers Party Report this post to the editors

The decision today by Judge Ó Donnabháin in Cork Circuit Criminal Court to reverse a 6-month custodial sentence imposed only yesterday on Garda Dean Foley for an unprovoked and vicious attack on a man two years ago has been has been deemed as a "highly dangerous precedent" by Malachy Steenson, Workers' Party representative in Dublin Central, who is also a Practicing Solicitor and Criminologist.

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Cork Court Decision is a Dangerous Precedent

The decision today by Judge Ó Donnabháin in Cork Circuit Criminal Court to reverse a 6-month custodial sentence imposed only yesterday on Garda Dean Foley for an unprovoked and vicious attack on a man two years ago has been has been deemed as a "highly dangerous precedent" by Malachy Steenson, Workers' Party representative in Dublin Central, who is also a Practicing Solicitor and Criminologist.

"Everybody is supposed to be equal before the law. However the ruling today by Judge Ó Donnabháin totally stands that precept on its head. The judge has now established a two tier system of defendants and a two-tier sentencing system" said Mr Steenson.

"We must ask ourselves one simple question to put the true implications of Judge Ó Donnabháin's decision in perspective. What would have happened in court yesterday if Stephen Murphy was found guilty of a major assault on Garda Dean Foley rather than the other way about? What is the likelihood that yesterday he would have received an 18-month sentence with 66% suspended which meant in reality that he would spend probably less that three months in jail? What are the odds that today he would be free to walk the streets? Last week a man from a working class area received a four-year sentence for spitting at a member of the Gardaí.

"The gardaí are supposed to be the guardians of our society. They should set, and be seen to meet, the highest standards of behaviour and probity in their actions and in their dealings with the public. The decision in Cork today sets a lower standard, and a lower penalty, for the gardaí that for the general public. This is clearly outrageous and will add to the growing public disquiet amongst the public about the Gardaí. We have had too many incidents, from deaths in custody to alleged rape threats in Rossport, where malpractice ranging from criminality, shoddy work practices, and clear racial or gender bias to be fobbed off any more by platitudes and pious words from on high."

"The Workers Party would demand that the DPP would immediately appeal the sentence handed to Garda Foley as being so lenient as to be perverse. We would also demand that the Minister for Justice and the Chief Justice, make a clear public statement that in future sentencing policy should not be influenced by the background or profession of the defendant or the fact that a large financial compensation was made. We must never forget that the deference in the past of the legal system to the clergy in general and the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in particular allowed clerical child sex to flourish and ended with the physical and emotional destruction of thousands of lives.

The re-entry of this matter before the Court on the basis that the Barrister “forgot to say something further in mitigation” is certainly unusual as Garda Foley has an opportunity to Appeal his sentence in the High Court. It will now be open to practitioners to attempt to reopen every conviction before the same Court if they don’t get a satisfactory penalty.”
Unless everyone is equal before the law" concluded Mr Steenson "then there is no law and there certainly is no justice"

Ends: Information from: Malachy Steenson: 086 - 602 4239

author by Cork Reporterpublication date Fri May 27, 2011 19:25author address author phone Report this post to the editors

See other Indy media related story of this "judge" : http://www.indymedia.ie/article/99840

Will this judge be reprimanded for his actions.., most definitely not !

Related Link: http://www.indymedia.ie/article/99840
author by Niall - W.P.publication date Fri May 27, 2011 20:25author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Government militia not getting prosecuted, this country gets more and more like Mexico, Columbia and Chile every day. :-(

author by Concerned Citizen - Justicepublication date Sat May 28, 2011 16:44author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Of late you hear something on one news and there is no follow up so people are left in a state of ignorance unless primed to enquire.

Did a man die in custody during the week at Store Street Garda station? If so, did he sustain an acquired brain injury?

A bleed to the brain from a beating is a life long sentence BUT for some unknown reason causality fails to alarm our judiciary, Garda or for that matter the legal profession.

author by old codger - pensionerpublication date Mon May 30, 2011 11:34author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The irish State controlls
JUDICIARY
GARDAI
MEDIA
OMBUDSMEN COMMITEES and many other state bodies where friends of Fianna Faill have been granted PERKS and the present government are content to maintain this controll.
We must make this clear to the public in whatever way we can or there will be no change.
IN IRELAND DEMOCRACY IS ONLY AN ILLUSION.

author by What?publication date Mon May 30, 2011 12:22author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It was hardly unprovoked. The guilty party was walking along talking with another person and the victim made an insulting and derogatory remark for no reason other than to offend.

I dont condone the actions but are we advocating that people can simple go around abusing and insulting each other freely?

author by Serfpublication date Tue May 31, 2011 00:12author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Assuming what you say is completely true (which is a stretch)Gardai are well paid and well trained guardians of the peace in positions of great power and responsibility and accordingly they should be able to weather a few derogatory comments without immediately resorting to thuggish violence. Otherwise they should not have the job.

author by Malachy Steenson - WPpublication date Tue May 31, 2011 10:02author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"It was hardly unprovoked. The guilty party was walking along talking with another person and the victim made an insulting and derogatory remark for no reason other than to offend".

and that justify's the Cops leaving you for dead? This is the same nonsense that the media ply after every shooting - "The victim was known to Garda" - in effect means they deserved it.

In relation to the Gerald Kean burglary I did'nt hear the above comment on RTE, clearly Mr. Kean & Ms. Murphy are known to the Gardai are they not?

Also The Cop pleaded guilty.

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