“Violent crime on public transport needs to be met with the full hand of the law." - Peadar Tóibín
The Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín TD has called on the judiciary to explain their sentencing methods. He was speaking in light of a decision to waive a custodial sentence for an incident that led to a teenage girl being knocked head first under a Dart in Dublin.
Deputy Tóibín said: “There is a serious problem developing on our public transport. Over the past few years we’ve seen a sharp increase in anti-social behaviour on buses and trains. Many families are being tormented by anti-social behaviour from others and now feel it is unsafe to use our transport services”.
“Violent crime on public transport needs to be met with the full hand of the law. We need to ensure that the laws are in place and enforced so that people can feel safe when using public transport. In many cases involving violent or sexual crime lately we've seen some extremely leniant sentences handed down by the courts. The judiciary need to outline why there are discrepancies in sentencing and explain the methods used", concluded Tóibín.