IT'S TIME TO GET TOUGH; Calls for new legislation on violent criminals who attack emergency crews.Byline: EOIN EOIN End of Instruction REYNOLDS
GARDAI have called for tough new laws New Laws: see Las Casas, Bartolomé de. to combat assaults on emergency services emergency services Emergency care '…services …necessary to prevent death or serious impairment of health and, because of the danger to life or health, require the use of the most accessible hospital available and equipped to furnish those services' after the knife attack on a garda.
Daryl Mullen was yesterday recovering in hospital after surgeons operated on his life-threatening knife injuries.
He is said to be responding well but the Garda Representatives Association said the attack is evidence of the dangers faced by officers every day.
President Michael O'Boyce added: "We have asked the Minister for Justice to bring in legislation to make it a special, indictable offence to assault an emergency services worker carrying more serious penalties."
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Under current legislation accused are charged under section two and three of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.
These cases can be heard in district court where judges are restricted by a maximum two-year prison sentence.
Statistics released last month by the GRA revealed that two officers are attacked every day.
The association has met with Justice Minister Dermot Ahern and urged him to make the legislation a priority.
Gda Mullen was stabbed while at about 1am on Sunday in Westport, Co Mayo. He was rushed to hospital where doctors carried out emergency surgery.
Mr O'Boyce said: "He is seriously injured but I would like to pay tribute to the staff in Mayo for the work they have done."
RECOVERING Gda Mullen