TRIBUNAL is investigating allegations that a gardener was ‘sacrificed’ and ‘targeted’ by senior officers after pointing out a ‘systemic error’ that led to the woman’s murder Latvia Baiba Saulite in progress.
Ms. Saulite, a mother of two, was shot dead in cold blood by a professional hit man on the doorstep of her home in Swords, Dublin, in November 2006.
She is in the midst of a bitter family dispute with her ex-partner over custody of their two sons, aged three and five.
Her husband, a well-known figure in the underworld – who had kidnapped two children once before – was the main supplier of weapons to the criminal gangs in both. Dublin and Limerick.
However, the Lebanese man was behind bars at the time of the murder and no one has been charged with murdering the mother of two children.
Gardai Criticized for their handling of the case after it was revealed they were in possession of a statement from Baiba, issued 5 days before she was killed, saying she was ‘frightened for her life.’
And now a retired sergeant Garda is accusing him of being ‘targeted’ and harassed by top police after he highlighted a ‘systemic error’ in the investigation that led to Baiba’s death. .
Today, the Disclosure Court heard an opening statement regarding the case of retired sergeant William Hughes at Dublin Castle.
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Mr Hughes and his colleague Garda Declan Nyhan previously conducted an investigation between 2004 and 2006 into the abduction of Baiba’s two children.
In the five days before her death, Baiba filed a victim impact statement on Sergeant Hughes about sentencing her partner in connection with the kidnapping and said she was ‘so scared’ ‘ for his life.
During the trial, which is focusing on revelations defended by Sergeant Major Hughes, the retired guard said a ‘systemic error’ led to Baiba’s death and it could have been prevented.
He claimed that Garda’s response to the murder investigation was ‘inappropriate’.
And he also revealed that he had been harassed because of the fact that he raised concerns about the investigation’s handling before her death.
Mr Hughes told court investigators: “I’m starting to bring charges of a ‘systemic error’ which is related to all investigations related to the murder, including the kidnapping. children, in which I am involved…
“What I am saying is that a lot of the related crimes, including the child abduction and threats against Baiba Saulite and her attorney, John Hennessy, occurred in 2006, no relation. appropriate correlation and coordination.”
Mr Hughes said he raised his concerns on several occasions during the murder investigation that Baiba had been ‘knock down’ by Gardai.
The court also heard that Mr Hughes also reported to the Confidential Receiver to An Garda Síochána in September 2008, which raised serious allegations of a ‘systemic error’ and alleged targeting to raised the issue, the court heard.
In his report to The Confidential Recipient, he raised the allegation that a press release issued after Baiba’s death contained “falsity and omissions” and that “without any period During the homicide investigation there was any attempt to coordinate the information obtained by Gardai already investigating the kidnapping. ‘
During a cross-examination, he said that he himself was shocked by Baiba’s death after learning of her in the kidnapping.
“I am extremely shocked and saddened that things have come to this stage,” he said. I feel like things have gone terribly wrong with Garda’s response to the whole matter.
“It shouldn’t have happened. I continue to believe that there are ways we could have prevented this.”
Several issues will be addressed regarding retired police statements.
These include if the senior doctor tried to ‘exclude’ him from the investigation, and whether they would ‘target’ and ‘discredit’ him for highlighting his interest in whether disclosures are protected or not.
The court also heard that Hughes continued to be diagnosed with PTSD following his handling of the Baiba murder investigation.
After a long period of sick leave, Hughes retired in 2013 for medical reasons.
The trial continues tomorrow.
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