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Failure to bring charges against anyone in the Baiba Saulite case begs questions – O’Brien

31 May, 2011 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien was like many today shocked at the evidence of a senior Garda at the inquest of murder victim Baiba Saulite at the Dublin County Coroner Court.

The Garda claimed that investigating Gardaí were surprised that the Director of Public Prosecutions didn’t charge anyone in relation to murder of the Latvian mother of two.

Ms Saulite died after being shot three times at her home at 7 Holywell Square, Swords in Co Dublin on 19th November 2006, while her children were asleep inside.

Deputy O’Brien said:

“It is hard to understand why the DPP didn’t bring charges in this case following Det Supt Walter O'Sullivan’s assertion that a considerable amount of evidence was uncovered suggesting that an individual was contracted to kill Baiba Saulite.

“O’Sullivan then went on to claim that those suspected of involvement in the murder were identified and interviewed and the report sent to the DPP recommended prosecutions, which the DPP for some reason decided against

“Now a situation presides that the case goes nowhere unless further evidence can be obtained. This is particularly tragic for the people close to Baiba Saulite.

"It is highly unusual for a Garda to make public comments of this nature, and it will lead to people questioning the actions of the DPP. This doesn’t add to public confidence in the judicial process.”

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