Murderer banned from re-entering country

David Brozovsky.
The convicted murderer of Longford mother of two Sharon Coughlan will not be allowed to re-enter Ireland upon his release.

The convicted murderer of Longford mother of two Sharon Coughlan will not be allowed to re-enter Ireland upon his release.

David Brozovsky was sentenced to life in prison in 2008 for the rape and murder of Ms Coughlan near her home in Great Water Street, Longford, in 2007.

Last October, Justice Minister Alan Shatter approved the Czech national’s transfer back to central Europe to serve out the rest of his sentence.

Under the terms of Brozovsky’s repatriation, this week it has emerged an exclusion alongside a removal order has now been served under the Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act.

Giving her reaction to the barring order, Ms Coughlan’s sister, Caren said she welcomed the announcement, saying the past five years had been expecially trying for everyone connected to Sharon.

“It’s good that he has been excluded, though I don’t know if something like that can be appealed,” she said.

Caren said all they wanted to do now was to try and rebuild their lives.

“I haven’t heard his name and I don’t want to hear his name,” she added. “It (transfer and barring order) won’t bring back our Sharon.

“The worst thing that could have happened to us was having our sister murdered, nothing tops that.”

Under regulation 20 of the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2006, gardaí can apply in writing to the Department of Justice to have a person removed from the country.

When an order is set down, the Justice Minister can similarly demand an exclusion term during which an individual is not allowed to re-enter the State.

The orders are made for a number of reasons, one of which cites “where the minister is satisfied that the personal conduct of a person to whom these regulations apply has been such that it would be contrary to public policy or public health or would endanger public security”.