Following the ‘excruciating’ murders of beloved members of the LGBTQ+ community, Aidan Moffitt and Michael Snee, Sligo Gardaí want to hear from anyone ‘who may have had unwanted approaches or who have been assaulted or otherwise attacked”.
Chief Superintendent Aidan Glacken spoke at a press conference yesterday, April 13, and assured potential witnesses that “any information received will be treated in the strictest confidence.”
“I have a dedicated diversity team here, we need to hear from you. We’re here to listen and we’re here to support you,” he continued. it may be insignificant, we need to hear from you.”
the Irish Examiner reports that these brutal killings “may not have been the author’s first violent assault attempts”, while The temperature reports that the assailant had intended to kill again before his arrest. A 22-year-old suspect, arrested yesterday in connection with the murder of Michael Snee, remains in custody. Although his arrest is related to the second murder, he will likely be questioned about both, as the two cases seem increasingly connected.
Deeply disturbed to read about the two alleged murders in Sligo, including that of @FineGael activist Aidan Moffitt. Thinking of his family and friends. What happened is indescribable and difficult to understand. Concerned about the possible motive of the attacker. TO TEAR
— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) April 13, 2022
The murder victims are believed to have let the killer into their home after meeting through a dating app, so Gardaí in Sligo and beyond is directing the public to resources on online dating safety. They have notice issued on how to safely navigate a first meeting with someone you met online, including requesting recent photos, having a video call before the meeting, and sharing your location with someone you trust .
“These are incidents that we thought were behind us,” Justice Minister Helen McEntee said. “And again, I just want to reassure people that any crime motivated by hate, bias or discrimination will not be tolerated and will result in heavier penalties. I hope to introduce the Hate Crimes Bill in a few weeks to respond.
Two Garda Liaison Officers will be at the Outhouse Café tomorrow from 1-2pm for a casual chat, to speak to anyone who wants to share their experiences or if they are feeling scared and vulnerable after the recent violence and killings in Dublin and #Sligo. #LGBTQIA pic.twitter.com/CmpfJYaTpf
—Outhouse (@Outhouse_Dublin) April 13, 2022
‘Two Garda liaisons will be at the Outhouse Café tomorrow from 1-2pm for a casual chat,’ the Capel Street business tweeted, ‘to talk to anyone who wants to share their experiences or if they are feeling scared and vulnerable after the recent violence and murders in Dublin and Sligo.
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