A notorious gang leader and convicted rapist faced criminal charges for failing to provide gardai with a sample of his DNA for the DNA database system dismissed by a judge as the request was not met accelerated quite quickly.
Christy Griffin, 52, who was jailed for life for the repeated rape of a girl over an eight-year period in 2007 but was reduced to 15 on appeal, had disputed the allegation in the District Court of Swords yesterday.
The offense falls under section 31 of the Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014.
Griffin, whose address cannot be released due to restrictions, was asked by a prison officer to provide a DNA sample on April 10, 2018 while serving a sentence in Midlands Prison.
However, the jail officer testified in Swords District Court that Griffin refused.
The correctional officer informed operations headquarters and no further instructions were received to request his DNA again.
In April 2018, Griffin was released from prison and monitored by a garda as he is on the sex offender register.
In October 2018, Det Gda Colin McKiernan was then assigned to watch him and learned that Griffin had refused to provide the DNA sample in jail.
“The provision of a DNA sample is subject to part of the Sex Offenders Act,” Detective Gda McKiernan said.
The court heard there was a delay in publishing the notice because Griffin had three addresses and it was difficult to locate him.
It was March 13, 2020 when Griffin was then served notice that he had to go to a local guard to provide a DNA sample. Griffin didn’t show up.
As the pandemic had begun, a new opportunity was offered to Griffin to attend a second date on August 21, 2020. However, he did not show up on that date.
“The prison service should have taken a sample as soon as possible and before the expiration of his sentence,” the defense attorney said.
In his decision to dismiss the case, Judge Dermot Dempsey said: “I am quite satisfied that he was asked for a sample in custody and an attempt was made, but the delay factor is too much. long.”