Gardaí appeal to criminals in bid to catch killers

GARDAÍ have made a direct appeal to criminals, particularly those in prison, to “do the honourable thing” if they have information in connection with the murder of Latvian murder Baiba Saulite.

Senior officers also appealed to members of the Lebanese community and the wider Arabic community to contact them regarding the fatal shooting in Swords, north Dublin, last Sunday week.

The calls came as the confidential hotline Crimestoppers joined up with gardaí in a fresh appeal for information, handing out leaflets in various languages, including Latvian and Arabic, in Swords yesterday.

As part of the appeal, Crimestoppers has offered a €10,000 reward to anyone with significant information in relation to Ms Saulite’s murder.

“In this particular investigation, I am appealing to criminal elements that reside in our society, those who reside out in our community and particularly those who live in our prisons to come forward with any information they hold,” said Detective Inspector Walter O’Sullivan.

He said: “You hold no loyalty to those people who have taken the life of a young mother. I ask you to draw a line in the sand, do the honourable thing and come forward with information you have.”

Det Insp O’Sullivan, who is leading the murder hunt, also made an appeal to the Lebanese community.

“Baiba in her short life shared some of her time with the Lebanese community and the wider Arabian community who live in the city.

“I would ask them to come forward with all the information they hold.”

In addition, Det Insp O’Sullivan, asked people from the Latvian community to contact gardaí.

He described the murder of Ms Saulite, a 28-year-old mother-of-two, as a “shocking, horrific murder”, which was particularly distressing for her children.

“One must realise these two young children — five and three years of age — were put to bed by a loving mother and then to be woken by officers from their slumber and to be shielded from the sight of their mother lying dead in a pool of blood at the bottom of the stairs and brought to the station until social workers arrived.

“These young children cried out for their mother, that cry will never be answered.”

DI O’Sullivan said they were seeking information regarding the movements of a black BMW 520, registration 06 D 68850, suspected of being used by the killers.

The car, which had an original registration of 06 D 48915, was stolen from Blackrock, south Dublin. on November 7 last.

He said the killer was 5.10-5.11ft in height, of athletic build, with sallow skin, who wore a white to grey cap, with matching tracksuit top and bottoms.

* Anyone with information can call Crimestoppers free on 1800 25 00 25 or the Garda Confidential Telephone line on 1800 666 111.

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