Sexton calls for criminal database

Cllr Mae Sexton has called for the establishment of a centralised EU-wide criminal database to allow governments to track convicted criminals who cross their borders.

Cllr Mae Sexton has called for the establishment of a centralised EU-wide criminal database to allow governments to track convicted criminals who cross their borders.

The independent councillor was reacting to the news this week that the murderer and rapist of Longford woman Sharon Coughlan is to be transferred back to his native Czech Republic to serve out the remainder of his sentence.

David Brozovsky was sentenced to a life sentence four years ago for the murder and rape of the mother of two in Longford in September 2007. On Friday, Justice Minister Alan Shatter granted him permission to repatriate back to the Czech Republic to be closer to his family.

When Brozovsky arrived in Ireland in 2006, he had 25 previous convictions in his home country for theft, extortion and battery, as well as two previous convictions in Belgium for theft and aggravated theft.

“We need to put processes in place so that dangerous criminals are not crossing into this country or any other country in the EU without some sort of knowledge of their arrival,” Cllr Sexton said.

“I agree with the open borders, but there has to be conditions.”

Cllr Sexton said it was a disgrace that Minister Shatter had granted the transfer, saying she could see no other reason than monetary for it to go ahead.

The Department of Justice said it made the transfer under the Transfer of Sentenced Persons Acts,1995 and 1997, keeping with government policy to permit prisoners to serve their sentences close to their families.

The Act provides a mechanism whereby non nationals serving sentences in Ireland may apply to serve the remainder of their sentences in their own countries, where those countries are party to the Council of Europe Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons.