Sister of murder victim slams decision to give compassionate leave to her killer

Sister of murder victim slams decision to give compassionate leave to her killer
Murder victim Olivia DunleaPic from Provision

THE sister of a woman brutally killed in Passage West has hit out at the decision to grant compassionate leave from prison to the man found guilty of her murder.

Anne Dunlea, sister of Olivia Dunlea, has spoken out against her sister's murderer being granted compassionate leave to visit a grave.

Darren Murphy was jailed for life in 2018 after he was convicted of killing Olivia in her home in Passage West in 2013.

Darren Murphy of Dan Desmond Villas, Passage West, was convicted of the murder. 
Darren Murphy of Dan Desmond Villas, Passage West, was convicted of the murder. 

Olivia was stabbed multiple times before her house was set on fire. She was a mother of three and a playschool teacher.

Anne Dunlea appeared on RedFM's Neil Prendeville Show, speaking about the fact Murphy is being let out of jail on compassionate leave to "visit a grave".

"We just can't believe it. The shock and anger is just unreal," she said.

"The Liason Service contacted us to say he was being given compassionate leave to visit the graveside of a family member... in Passage West.

"We told them we weren't a bit happy about it. We are disgusted. They basically sent us back an email stating Section 39 of the law states he's entitled to apply for compassionate leave.

"The two words in that which set me off straight away were 'entitlement' and 'compassionate'. We are wondering where her entitlements were, and where the compassion was for Olivia and her children?"

"We knew nothing about [this law] but we are horrified. He's in prison for six years for brutally murdering my sister, and then we get an email saying he's being escorted out of the prison.

"Where is the justice there? It's hard enough our lives day to day living, without my sister and what happened to her," said Anne.

"She didn't die of natural causes. He took her life, he took her from her three young children. Yet he has entitlements, where are her entitlements?

"We got to see a framed picture of Olivia on her coffin... we got no goodbyes... Olivia got to say goodbye to no one at 36 years of age."

"There's no justice in this country... Olivia is certainly getting no justice.

"It's bad enough [Olivia's children] have to live without their mother because of what he did."

"Those children every day, without their mother for the last six years... they are the strongest people I know.

"Those kids have to be sat down and told he's getting released to go to Passage.

"[Olivia] was looking after her kids, working and her family was her life," said Anne.

"She was brilliant, we miss her every day, and it never gets easier."

Murphy went on trial on three separate occasions before being convicted of the murder.

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