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Friday, October 26, 2007

Murderer refused prison transfer

Going nowhere fast

A Portuguese man who is serving a life sentence for the murder of a hotel receptionist in Limerick back in 2002 has had his appeal to be transferred to a prison in Portugal rejected today.

31 year old Paulo Nascimento was found guilty in 2003 after he pleaded guilty to the brutal murder. The murderer wanted to serve the rest of his sentence in his native Portugal because he had no family or friends in Ireland that could visit him(aww) and his family in Portugal were unable to make the long trip to visit him.He also said he wants to serve his sentence at home because he would be able to speak his own language.

A bit of history if you will,

The body of the Cork-born Grainne Dillon, 24,(below) was found at 5.40 am in the kitchen of the Jurys Inn Hotel in the city on January 5th 2002. The grim discovery was made by a member of staff and Gardai were immediately called to the scene. She had been shot by Paulo Nascimento who had just stolen €3,000.

The young woman's parents rang the hotel early the next morning when they heard news of a murder on the radio only to discover it was there own daughter that had met an untimely death.
Among those staying at the hotel on the night of the murder were members of the Harlequins Rugby team who took on Munster in Thomond Park in the European Cup the evening before.

The decision fell on the capable shoulders of Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne today and it went down like this,

Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne dismissed his case today saying the Minister for Justice had the discretion to decide whether or not to transfer a prisoner. She also said he had an obligation to consider the manner in which a sentence would be served in another jurisdiction. Ms Justice Dunne also said that by exercising his discretion, the Minister was not determining a sentence. She said the sentence was determined by the courts. -RTE

Mr. Nascimento better get the hammer and nails out and stick this up in his IRISH prison cell:

The Minister for Justice has already refused a request by Mr Nascimento to be repatriated to his home country. Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne has agreed today ...i think we all do.

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