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Mayo Senator wants 5 Year Jail Sentence for Anyone Convicted of Interfering with Life Saving Equipment

A Mayo Senator is drafting legislation making it an offence to steal or damage life-saving equipment such as defibrillators and lifebuoys.

Fianna Fail Senator Keith Swanick is introducing the Life Saving Equipment Bill 2017, which if enacted would provide for a custodial sentence of up to 5 years and a fine of up to 50,000 euro for people convicted of interfering with life-saving devices.

The Belmullet-based Senator was disgusted to see a group of men caught on CCTV in Wicklow over Christmas destroying a defibrillator in the town, and says greater deterrents are needed to ensure people think twice about interfering with or stealing life-saving equipment.

Senator Swanick told Midwest News today that he will bring forward the new Bill shortly in the Seanad


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