Anyone remember Dean Lyons?
He was a vulnerable young Dublin man, a drug addict, who was framed by the police for a double murder he didn’t commit. A brutal, ritualistic murder with satanic overtones.
He was jailed for it, and remained in jail for seven more months even after another man committed an identical murder in Roscommon, and confessed to the Dublin killings. You see, Dean Lyons signed a confession describing in great detail a murder he didn’t commit, and the layout of a house he was never inside. How did he come to know such things, and how did he come to sign such a confession?
He died a miserable junkie’s death in England shortly after his release.
The government commissioned an investigation, and a reporter, Mick McCaffrey, reported on its findings. Fabricated evidence. Intimidation. Suppression of evidence. False imprisonment.
Were the police who fabricated the evidence prosecuted as a result?
Were the police who intimidated Dean Lyons into confessing prosecuted?
So was anyone at all arrested?
Yes: the journalist was prosecuted.
Well, you might be glad to know that no charges were brought against him, but that a policeman has finally been charged with something.
Good, you say. Are these charges to do with fabricating evidence or beating a confession out of a suspect?
Eh, no, in fact. They’re not. The only charge to be brought in the case is against a policeman for leaking the report to the journalist.
Now! How about that?
Here’s what I wrote about it previously: The Cannibal Murders
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