Rishi Sunak: My fears for the safety of women – The Telegraph
It comes following criticism of the Metropolitan Police in the wake of the murder of Sarah Everard by a serving officer, which prompted protests over women’s safety on the streets.
McSweeney was wanted for recall to prison at the time of the murder, having breached probation following his release from a 16-month sentence for a racially aggravated assault.
Just hours before the murder, police had attended an address where McSweeney was supposed to living in order to arrest him and return him to jail. But he was not there and could not be found.
Speaking during his G20 summit trip to Bali about his approach to crime, Mr Sunak said: “I come to it as a parent. I have two young girls who I talked about over the summer. My eldest is at the age where she’s starting to walk to places by herself or is wanting to.”
He went on to say: “That brings it home. It brings it home to you as a parent … I want to make sure that my kids and everyone else can walk around safely. That’s what any parent wants for their children. It’s what anyone wants, for particularly their wife or their sister.”
He also said that he supported the prison population increasing, as it was the logical conclusion from his tough on crime stance.
Mr Sunak said: “I want to reduce crime, right? And that means I want to make sure that we catch criminals. Yeah, so that’s probably a logical consequence of catching more criminals is going to be part of that.
“We should charge more people and reduce crime and have them in jail.”
‘Danger to any woman’
McSweeney, who was described in one court hearing as a “danger to any woman”, had been in and out of jail throughout his adult life for crimes including car theft, criminal damage and violence.
In 2020, while serving yet another sentence, he was caught with a makeshift knife in prison and then launched a racially aggravated attack on a guard.
In April this year, he was convicted of the charges and sentenced to 16 months – but had spent so much time on remand that he became eligible for release on licence on June 17.
He missed two probation appointments within the first three days and on June 24, a wanted notice was issued due to the breach of his licence.
He had disappeared from the address where he was supposed to be living and instead was staying in a caravan on a funfair in Valentines Park, Ilford.
Having evaded police when they tried to arrest him on June 25, McSweeney – an alcoholic and drug user – then began stalking the streets close to his caravan.
Wearing a vest, he was captured on CCTV weaving across the pavement as he prowled the area looking for a victim.