Former Donegal Garda says thugs must work with victims after release

first_imgA well-known former Donegal Garda Sergeant has called for legislation to force people who commit crimes against the elderly to work with old folks during their rehabilitation.Christy Galligan said recent court cases involving attacks on the elderly shows that we need to adopt a more caring and protective attitude when it comes to our most vulnerable in Society.He said “We have seen the attack by a person just released from prison on two elderly brothers with special needs in Mayo in 2013. The Blaine brothers lived a very simple life. “They were, as one cousin put it, “slaughtered” in their own home by a fantasist and violent young man. They were beaten mercilessly and scalded. That young thug, who has mental health issues, received life this week.”Mr Galligan cited the cases of several other victims attacked by thugs.He added “This is only a snippet of the attacks on the elderly over many years but we as a Society must take the reins and start to assist and inform the Gardaí of people acting unusual or suspiciously in our areas.We do this through the Community Alert text scheme or Neighbourhood watch schemes.“We should also be setting up Community Watch Officers, volunteers who are screened, to patrol areas not frequented by the Gardaí but by the travelling criminals who invade our communities. This could be funded through various community programmes.” Former Garda Sgt Christy GalliganThe former Garda said the only way to rehabilitate the offenders was to deal strictly with them and to force them to work with elderly people.“The thugs who perpetrate these crimes should be given very lengthy sentences, without remission or suspended sentences, while participating in compulsory anger management classes before their release back into Society because, unfortunately, they will be released.“They then should be made, on post release Supervision, work with the elderly and vulnerable, as part of their post release rehabilitation. Any deviation and they should be returned to prison on breaching the post Supervision Order.“The National Council for Aging released stats that showed in 1984, 432 elderly people were attacked in their homes. This fell to 66 in 1991 and 1992 and again increased to 121 in 1997.“This is an indicator of the number of our most vulnerable who are living in fear.“Those who perpetrate these crimes have no empathy or understanding of the physical, emotional or psychological damage they do. They don’t care. These cowards offer nothing to Society but their own brutal hatred for the vulnerable in order to get a few quick bob. “Whilst we are concerned for peoples rights and the right to defend themselves before our Courts there is also the right to life and the right to be left alone in ones home without the fear of attack.”Former Donegal Garda says thugs must work with victims after release was last modified: July 28th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Christy GalligandonegalelderlyGardalast_img read more