John O'Keeffe talks to Colm about the Garda Serious Crime Review Team who are using forensic science to try and crack some of the serious crimes that have remained unsolved. The idea for the Garda Serious Crime Review Team came from US TV drama Cold Case. The series revolved around a fictionalised Philadelphia Police Department division that specializes in investigating cold cases. The Team was established by the Garda Commissioner back in August 2007. The first ever cold case success in Ireland was that of Phyllis Murphy, a 23-year-old Kildare woman who was raped and murdered back in December 1979.
In light of the manhunt currently underway in Boston , Criminologist John O'Keeffe was on the line to talk about the processes involved in this kind of search and the methods that are used by the F.B.I. John also spoke about the way that the police release information to the public, and how this can sometimes be used purely to 'spook' suspects
Yesterday there was the horrific news that 14 year old Jade Anderson from Wigan was mauled to death by 2 bull mastiffs and 2 Staffordshire bull terriers. John O’Keeffe is a Criminologist with Trinity College and he spoke about the law regarding dangerous dog breeds and the differences between the law in England and the law Ireland on this matter. In England certain dog breeds are banned however in Ireland there are no out-right bans on breeds.