Carrick-on-Suir victims and witnesses of crime or anti-social behaviour must be prepared to make a formal statement of complaint to the Gardai in order for a case to be investigated, a senior garda has stressed.
Gda. Sgt. Ian Barrett said while people brought incidents to their attention arising out of the first public meeting in October on anti-social behaviour and the torture and killing of pets in Carrick, the Gardai received no formal written statements of complaint.
He said in cases where the Gardai haven’t witnessed a crime,victims and witnesses must make a statement of complaint in order for the case to be prosecuted.
“That is the message we drove home at last week’s public meeting. We do respond to calls and we are duty bound to investigate matters.
“In order to obtain a conviction we need to have statements from people to substantiate crimes and allegations to build up evidence for a case. If we don’t have evidence, we can’t get a conviction.
Cllr Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan of the Crime Awareness Committee said people at last week’s meeting had expected more progress from the Gardai in relation to tackling anti-social behaviour problems in the town but the Gardai were doing what they could within the law.
She said what came out of the meeting was that there is a need to improve the law in relation to Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs), which are not working.
The councillor said the Crime Awareness Committee was there to support crime and anti-social behaviour victims to make formal complaints to the Gardai.
Gda. Pat Kelly is a member of the Committee.
Supt. John Courtney said they have put in extra Garda patrols in areas like De Valera Place in the town centre where anti-social behaviour issues had been highlighted.
The Gardai were very active in the town and he asked that the people co-operate and support them fully in their investigations.