Threats to kill are made on Facebook

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

Chief Supt David Sheahan gave evidence during the trial
MURDER threats are being made in Limerick via the social networking site, Facebook, Limerick’s most senior garda has revealed.

MURDER threats are being made in Limerick via the social networking site, Facebook, Limerick’s most senior garda has revealed.

There were 12 reported murder threats between August and October. Chief Superintendent David Sheahan said that none of the latest threats are gang related and were made either by phone, Facebook or in a one-to-one meeting.

It was reported this Wednesday that Limerick gardaí, who are gathering evidence on an alleged threat complaint by a girl against a youth, have brought in Interpol, which is liaising with authorities in the US and Canada.

The two 16-year-olds befriended one another on Facebook and decided to pursue a relationship. A garda source said the relationship came to its next level and the two met. However, after meeting the boy, the girl decided she did not wish to continue a relationship. The youth allegedly began to issue threats on Facebook, including one that he would cause her serious harm. The garda source said a threat to cause serious harm falls into the category of a threat to kill.

Chief Supt Sheahan meanwhile, said that of the 12 murder threats made in recent months, nine were solved, two are solvable and “and the third one will take a bit longer as it’s to do with Facebook”. He said getting information back from the company is proving “problematic”. He said that problems arise as the social networking site is outside the jurisdiction and to get the relevant evidence to ground any prosecution “is very difficult and in many cases is proving almost impossible to get our hands on”.