Known killer of two children still free after eight years
The story starts in 2000.
On April 9, 2000, Ciarán Tobin, an Irish citizen working as a senior manager of Irish Life and Permanent Hungary, was driving towards Budapest through a small town of Leányfalu. His speed was estabilished at least 80 km/h in a 50 km/h zone as he was passing cars in a reckless fashion on a two-lane road. He lost control of his vehicle, and ran onto the pavement where he hit and immediately killed two children, 2 year old Petra who was sitting in a pram, and 5 year old Márton, siblings.
Two children being killed... After this one would expect to have a trial and pass a judgement, right? Well it did happen!. But he left the country by the time it started.
He did not show up for the trial, but was duly represented by his lawyers, which is possible in Hungarian law. He was sentenced in absentia to 3 years in prison. On appeal the sentence was amended as possibly eligible for parole after serving only 18 months.
So now we have a judgement, we have a culprit who returned back to Ireland and refuse to accept the verdict.
Meanwhile Hungary joined the EU, and the 2003 European Arrest Warrant Framework was in effect. Hungary requested the surrender of Mr. Tobin under the EAW agreement. However, Judge Peart refused the surrender claiming that Tobin did not "flee" Hungary as worded in both the EAW and the corresponding Irish implementation act, since he left Hungary with the consent of the Hungarian authorities. Later the Irish Supreme Court upheld Peart's decision. The Irish also refused the Hungarian request to make Mr. Tobin serve his time in an Irish prison, an option within the EAW Framework decision.
This feels like a comedy.
TV2's star reporter, Papp Gergely serves European Arrest Warrant to Ciaran Tobin at his home outside Dublin.
Sorry but there is no english version of the video about this. Here is in short what happened: this reporter found out where "Mr." Tobin lived and visited him at his home. He passed him the said arrest warrant and then when trying to start a talk with him his wife came out and sent him away while using the excusions as "that was an accident", "our children is here", etc. Though at one part I do understand her on the other part I would really like to ask her "what would you do if some other guy killed your children in a similar accident". If that can be called "accident"...
Something is not right here, 8 years and it feels like nothing has been done.