Manhattan, NY – A Manhattan judge ordered that bail be returned to a woman who helped to hide the body of her boyfriend’s murdered mother because the offenses she has been charged with are no longer subject to bail under New York’s criminal justice reforms.
Caitlyn O’Rourke, 22, has been accused of helping her boyfriend, Jared Eng, after he murdered his mother, Paula Chin, by slashing her throat in January of 2019, the New York Daily News reported.
Chin’s mutilated body was later discovered at her second home in New Jersey.
She had been stuffed into a garbage bag and tossed into an outdoor garbage container, according to the Daily Freeman.
Court documents revealed that Eng later confessed to the murder, noting that it took his mother “a while to die,” the New York Daily News reported.
“It was like a nightmare,” O’Rourke told the paper shortly after the incident. “Like a movie.”
O’Rourke faces charges of concealment of a human corpse and tampering with physical evidence, according to the Daily Freeman.
On Monday, attorney Sarah Kauffman told Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Melissa Jackson that O’Rourke was no longer subject to bail due to New York’s bail reform laws, which went into effect on Jan. 1, the New York Daily News reported.
“She is charged with a nonviolent offense. A nonqualifying offense,” Kauffman argued.
The judge noted that helping to conceal a dead body and tampering with evidence were O’Rourke’s first criminal charges.
“I see no reason to set supervised release,” Jackson declared. “Bail is exonerated. It will be returned to whoever posted it for you.”
The list of crimes that no longer qualify for bail includes hundreds of offenses, such as stalking, arson, resisting arrest, money laundering in support of terrorism, rioting, vehicular assault, unlawful imprisonment, negligent homicide, and a slew of drug-related charges.
Criminal offenses against children, including child abuse, promoting child prostitution, facilitating female genital mutilation, and possessing or promoting a sexual performance by a child will also be treated with a mandatory release.
Obstructing governmental duties by means of a bomb, killing a police K9 or horse, and obstructing emergency medical services personnel were also included on the no-jail list.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio also stationed workers on Rikers Island to dole out gifts to all inmates.
Carrying all of the taxpayer-purchased rewards, including $25 debit cards, Mets tickets, free transit passes, movie tickets, and various gift cards, has become such a burden that the city is working to purchase drawstring bags so criminals can pack their prizes out more easily, the New York Post reported.
There are even plans in the works to kick in some prepaid cell phones as part of New York’s soft-on-crime criminal justice reform law changes.
Over $500,000 has been used to purchase additional items, such as winter coats, the New York Post reported. The Steve Madden shoe company has also donated footwear to the cause.
Although de Blasio originally touted the gifts as an incentive to get people to show up to court, they’re now being bestowed upon all exiting criminals – including those who have wrapped up their sentences and have no further court hearings in connection with their latest round of offenses, the New York Post reported.
The city is using taxpayer dollars not only to shower criminals with gifts, but also to pay the workers from nonprofit groups that are doling everything out to them.
“It’s a sad state of affairs when the city bends over backward to reward criminals instead of protecting the victims of their crimes,” one law enforcement source told the paper. “What’s next? Free limo service back home?”
As many as 15,000 inmates are expected to rake in the prizes supplied by the incentive program, according to the New York Post.
“2020 is going to be the year of the perp,” a law enforcement source told the New York Post.