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Comment #4993112 by Don Juan

Don Juan Apr 19th 2016, 12:40 PM #

Oh dear. 5 years. I’d like to think a child’s life would be worth more than that.

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Man who knocked down and killed toddler after vodka and cocaine binge jailed for five years

Man who knocked down and killed toddler after vodka and cocaine binge jailed for five years

Two year old Vanessa Siatka died in what the trial judge called the worst case of dangerous driving he’d ever seen.

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    Favourite Teddington
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    Apr 19th 2016, 12:57 PM

    http://www.thejournal.ie/dublin-robbery-attack-2715588-Apr2016/

    I questioned it at the time and now I’m more perplexed than ever, how did this guy get 5 years for an assault and robbery while someone who kills an innocent child gets the same sentence. The Irish justice system is a complete and utter lottery.

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    Favourite Veronica
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    Apr 19th 2016, 1:04 PM

    Not only that, but the garlic man got more than a child-killer!

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    Favourite Ciarán Masterson
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    Apr 19th 2016, 1:08 PM

    @Veronica

    “Garlic man” had his sentence reduced to two years on appeal.

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    Favourite Ciarán Masterson
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    Apr 19th 2016, 1:18 PM

    @Teddington

    Because the man who was imprisoned for assault acted with malice.

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    Favourite Dodzer33
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    Apr 19th 2016, 1:19 PM

    Lets tweet the Bejaysus out of the
    Minister for injustice – she needs to act in some capacity this is not right ….

    https://twitter.com/dodzer33/status/722398367293292545

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    Favourite cormac o connell
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    Apr 19th 2016, 1:23 PM

    Thats what happens when you have had Labour in Gov for the last 5 years. I heard one of their former TDs trying to offer excuses on Marian Finucnane last year for the horrendous robbery that took place in Clonmel when a family were put through a horrendous ordeal. Restorative justice is what the liberal headbangers preach and Id say its filtering down now to the judges. Similar sentence in the US would be 25 years

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    Favourite Matt Connolly
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    Apr 19th 2016, 1:23 PM

    Teddington – you need to look at what offence they have been charged with to begin with – that’s down to the politicians to enact them and DPP to prosecute. Courts can only find guilt or innocence of the charge brought before them. – It IS abhorrent, but politicians won’t go there in case it costs them votes.

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    Favourite Ciarán Masterson
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    Apr 19th 2016, 1:25 PM

    @Matt Connolly

    How would bringing in tougher sentences for serious crimes cost politicians votes? Surely, the opposite would be the case.

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    Favourite Matt Connolly
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    Apr 19th 2016, 1:34 PM

    Any laws that lower the drink drive limit or increase penalties for drink driving – especially ones that impose higher culpability on being reckless as to resulting incidents – come with the wrath of the vintners assoc and “the locals”

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    Favourite Ciarán Masterson
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    Apr 19th 2016, 1:45 PM

    @Matt

    In fairness, this case didn’t involve a middle-aged man driving on a country road after having a pint of Guinness.

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    Favourite Alan Scott
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    Apr 19th 2016, 2:05 PM

    Their little girl was taken from them in the most tragic of circumstances . My sympathy, prayers thoughts are with this family and some day they will be able to rise above this terrible cloud and think of the happy times they had with daughter.

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    Favourite Phil Blanc
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    Apr 19th 2016, 2:29 PM

    @ Ciarán, no but the laws that would apply in this case would also apply to them and when you seen the Country and Western brigade make serious proposals to make it easier for people to drive under the influence of alcohol and the IVF blocking pretty much any proposal which might impact on their business you see the kind of people Matt is talking about.

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    Favourite Karol Doran
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    Apr 19th 2016, 3:07 PM

    He should have been charged with murder. If you drink a litre of vodka and are high on cocaine, then get behind the wheel and kill someone, I’m sorry but that’s murder for me.
    Especially with his previous convictions, he should have to serve at least 25 years.
    I have zero sympathy for him. None whatsoever.
    If it had been my son he had killed in these circumstances, then I would be in prison for murder.
    An accident you can eventually forgive. Not this. Never.

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    Favourite Phil Blanc
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    Apr 19th 2016, 3:19 PM

    As I said before, presumably there was some reason why a manslaughter charge couldn’t be brought against him. Perhaps another news outlet explains why, but I don’t know.

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    Favourite Patrick Gough
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    Apr 19th 2016, 4:18 PM

    Yes he had his sentence reduced but there is no comparison between scamming your tax and killing a child

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    Favourite Alan Scott
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    Apr 19th 2016, 4:37 PM

    On the news last night Garda check points are reduced also the detection rates have fallen this is the Government’s fault for allowing the numbers of Gardai to drop. Always plenty of cars parked in the pubs car parks are all their drivers drinking orange ?

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    Favourite Anne Kehoe
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    Apr 19th 2016, 5:29 PM

    Totally agree I would time for my child !! The law is an ass

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    Favourite Martin Byrne
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    Apr 19th 2016, 7:01 PM

    Remember Healy Rae thinks it’s fine to drive after a few pints.

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    Favourite Martin Byrne
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    Apr 19th 2016, 7:02 PM

    Karol – I have to say I’d think the same.

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    Favourite Peter donnelly
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    Apr 19th 2016, 8:38 PM

    this really has nothing to do with the vintners, the man had drank a bottle of vodka (which he more than likely bought in a supermarket ) then went on to drugs, and then decided to go for a drive and having knocked the little girl down left the scene ? he should of been charged with murder and got the appropriate sentence ie 25 years minimum with no time off for good behaviour….

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    Favourite Seán Ryan
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    Apr 19th 2016, 11:18 PM

    Ah now, he did say he was sorry and had only 8 previous convictions ,so 2 years off suspended. I dunno, its awful. The child and family have paid a much higher price. System is skewed, terribly.

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    Favourite Tony Skillington
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    Apr 20th 2016, 3:15 PM

    Life has become very cheap in this country..5 years? He should get that for knocking down a dog not an innocent child. Bastid should get 25 mandatory full stop!!

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