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Outrage at suspended sentence for garda guilty of serious assault - O’Brien

27 May, 2011 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Justice, Jonathan O’Brien TD has said that to see a garda convicted of serious assault walk out of court with a suspended sentence is “outrageous”.

Deputy O’Brien was referring to the case of Dean Foley who had been sentenced to 18 months in jail but had his sentence completely suspended today.

Deputy O’Brien said:

“I am absolutely shocked that a member of An Garda Siochána has been allowed to walk free from court after being convicted of serious assault.

“The fact that this man had his sentence suspended on the grounds that he may “face greater hardship in prison” is unjust and unfair.

“It amounts to immunity for gardaí who break the law.

“If this Garda was an ordinary guy from a working class background would he have had his sentence suspended?

“This shows the mindset of certain sectors of society which believe that those in a position of power have more rights than ordinary people.”

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