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Thursday 26 April 2018

How faces of evil are masked

IF Dermot Ahern had his way, this sketch would be the only image of rapist Przemyslaw Jakubowski the public would see.

Luckily, a photographer managed to get a clear shot of the violent 36-year-old, who has been sentenced to 15 years for rape.

However, there are dozens of other violent criminals whose identities have been protected on civil liberty grounds.

Former justice minister Mr Ahern deemed the right of criminals to have their identity protected to be of greater importance than the public's right to know what these individuals look like.

The new Courts of Criminal Justice was designed so that criminals could be brought from the court to jail without the media capturing their faces.

While the building project was conceived during Michael McDowell's term as justice minister, Mr Ahern saw the scheme through.

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