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Crowe calls for inquiry in circumstances surrounding DPPs decision not to prosecute in Elizabeth Heapes case

22 September, 2003

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South West Seán Crowe has called for an urgent inquiry into the case of Elizabeth Heapes who last November at five years of age was severely injured in Kiltalowne, Tallaght after being pinned to railings by two cars being driven by a number of men involved in a feud.

Deputy Crowe said: "it was inconceivable that no action could be taken against those responsible for the appalling injuries suffered by this young girl. The case highlights a failure of the justice system for Elizabeth Heapes that must be addressed. The Heapes family were effectively abandoned by the State when the Director of Public Prosecutions decided not to proceed with a prosecution in this case because they believed there was 'insufficient evidence'. This despite the fact that the Gardai have told the Heapes family that they believe there is

more than enough evidence to pursue a prosecution. We need to know why this glaring contradiction exists.

"I am calling on the Minister for Justice to initiate an inquiry into this case so that if justice is not to be delivered to the Heapes family at this late stage then at least we learn from the mistakes made so that other families do not have to go through the same trauma in the future." ENDS

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