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Ombudsman report on Wheelock death raises serious questions – Ó Snodaigh

10 March, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has said the findings of the Garda Ombudsman Commission's report into the death in custody of young Dublin man Terence Wheelock raises serious questions about Garda procedures and detention arrangements.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said the Government must publish the report from the European anti-torture monitors who visited Irish Garda stations earlier this year including Store Street station where Terence Wheelock tragically died.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“While the report from the Ombudsman did not find the Gardaí in question were involved in any mistreatment of Terence Wheelock, it did raise serious failings in Garda procedures and detention arrangements, which contributed to Terence's death.

“Why was this young man’s laces not taken from him when he was detained? And why was his cell not properly fitted out in a manner which would surely have prevented any possibility of what is said to have occurred on the fateful night from happening.

“The Government must publish without any further delay the report from the European anti-torture monitors who visited Irish Garda stations earlier this year, including Store Street station where Terence Wheelock died. There is no excuse not to publish the report.

“Once again my sympathy goes out to the Wheelock family on the tragic death of Terence in Sept 2005.” ENDS

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