The Coughlan family is this week recovering from a government decision to repatriate the man who murdered mother-of-two, Sharon Coughlan (37). David Brozovsky a native of the Czech Republic, is currently serving a life sentence for the rape and murder of Ms Coughlan in September 2007.
“There was nothing else that we could do,” said Karen speaking to the Leader.
She vowed that while “Sharon’s death was the worst day of our lives... he’s not going to take over our lives.”
Referring to Sharon’s two children, Karen added: “The children are very upset. They have asked ‘Why should he get to go home and see his family when we can’t see Mammy?’”
The family learned of the government decision to repatriate Brozovsky via a telephone call on Wednesday, November 14. The following day would have been Sharon’s birthday.
“We knew it was coming but we were even more upset because it was the day before her birthday,” said Karen. “Christmas and her birthday are hard each year anyway.”
In their efforts to stop the repatriation, the Coughlan family had organised a petition which gained the support of over 5,500 signatures.
“We got an email to say that the petition had been handed over and that the Taoiseach and Alan Shatter had received it,” said Karen.
However, despite the high level of public and political support that the family received, a decision was made to repatriate Brozovsky. He was brought under escort to Dublin Airport where he was handed over to the custody of Czech prison officials.
In accordance with commitments given by Czech authorities, Brozovsky will serve a minimum of 20 years imprisonment before being eligible to apply for conditional release.
“We believed that in the future he would get a longer sentence over here. And there is no sex offenders register in the Czech Republic,” said Karen.
Since Sharon’s death, the Coughlan family have experienced many challenges but despite this their resolve remains firm.
“The children are the main priority and we’ll make sure that they are alright,” said Karen.
The Longford lady added: “We would like to thank everybody for their support. Without that support we wouldn’t have been able to do anything. We are eternally grateful and words cannot express it. I’d like to say a special thank you to solicitor Lorna Groarke.”