Calls have been made for a ‘full and rigorous enquiry’ into how a violent offender from Dungannon was freed from jail without monitoring procedures being put in place.
Convicted drug-dealer Dwayne Mullan is alleged to have punched his defenceless cousin up to 18 times in a brawl within days of being freed on November 4.
The father-of-three had been given 50 percent remission for a six-month sentence for brutally assaulting his pregnant girlfriend in a drug-fuelled rage.
Mullan is the ex-boyfriend of Ibiza promotions girl Michaella McCollum, who was sentenced in 2013 for attempting to smuggle more than £1.5million worth of cocaine out of Peru.
According to the Department of Justice, public protection agencies are conducting internal reviews of the handling of the case and are due to present the findings to the Public Protection Arrangements for Northern Ireland Board, which may make recommendations in light of the findings.
Lord Morrow, who raised the issue at the Northern Ireland Assembly, said he had serious questions over why Mullan was not better supervised.
“Some time before Mullan was arrested on fresh violence charges I raised concerns as to the handling of his previous cases with the Minister”, he said.
“I am not satisfied Mullan was adequately dealt with following such a brutal, sustained attack on a female, in the presence of a new-born baby. This was followed by another violence-related incident, which was just as concerning.
“I am aware some agencies were sufficiently perturbed by this man’s behaviour and repeated offending, they recommended stringent monitoring, but that was rejected. As a matter of fact it wasn’t even taken into consideration.
“The cases should never have stayed at magistrates court. They were far too serious and should have been sent to crown court. The sentence was appallingly lenient and despite separate convictions, Mullan was given a consecutive sentence which saw him freed just days later, given time served. There is no doubt in my mind the criteria for enhanced monitoring was exceeded.
“This case warrants a full and rigorous inquiry and the agencies cannot say they weren’t warned.”