Chief Super call on public to come forward
Oh yes because if you give evidence against these thugs the long arm of the law will protect you 24/7. In reality if you make a complaint or serve as a witness for the Gardai against these scumbags on our streets the chances are they will be arrested but later released while a file is being prepared for the DPP. While on release they will terrorise and threaten you and where are the Gardai then? Then if the scumbag finally gets to court he will probably be found guilty and his legal rep will give a sob story about this person being a devil for the drink or drugs and this should be taken into consideration. The judge of course will accept this argument and hand down a suspended sentence or community service or a very small jail term and the accused will say sorry it will never happen again, the same thing he had said after being convicted fifty other times in the past. The Clare super would want to get real and start asking for real alternatives to tackling crime like proper drug and alcohol treatment facilities and getting local authorities to put in place diversion programmes for kids in high risk situations. The next time any guard wants to criticise people for not coming forward he should remember the Collins family and many others like them who came forward and paid a very high price because in reality the long arm of the law does not reach very far.