Man fails in appeal against life sentence

A man who tried to murder a 10-year-old girl "to see what it was like to kill someone" has lost his latest appeal over a life sentence.

Eric Daniels, aged 29, had asked the Supreme Court to decide whether the sentence imposed on him for the attempted murder of the child in November 2001 impermissibly constituted preventative detention.

Yesterday, a five-judge Supreme Court unanimously ruled it was not a preventative and was a proper sentence under Irish law.

In February 2003, Daniels, Elm Park, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, pleaded guilty to attempting to strangle the child with a boot lace after he had lured her to a field near his home on the pretext of looking for some puppies. He was sentenced to life by Mr Justice Paul Carney at the Central Criminal Court.

Daniels sought leave to appeal but this was turned down by the Court of Criminal Appeal in 2006.

He then got permission to bring his case to the Supreme Court.

Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne said the Supreme Court was satisfied the life sentence did not constitute preventative detention and was a sentence “appropriately imposed having regard to the very grave circumstances of the offence”.


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