Family of dead garda 'let down' by system

Family of dead garda 'let down' by system

The family of Garda Gary McLoughlin have expressed their shock and upset that the man found responsible for his death was sent to a low security prison from which he was able to escape.

Martin McDermott from Raphoe was sentenced to seven years in prison for the manslaughter of Leitrim-born garda Gary McLoughlin in Muff in Donegal in 2009.

McDermott escaped from Loughan House in Cavan last Thursday and he was later re-arrested in Derry.

Superintendent Kevin English has visited with the family of Garda McLoughlin.

He said that they are upset with how the they have been treated by the justice system.

Superintendent English said: "I personally called to the McLoughlin family last Monday at their home.

"To be honest I found them very distressed, they felt very let down by the justice system - in that they failed to understand how a person convicted of manslaughter was allowed to be placed in what is generally referred to as a low security prison."

More in this Section

Gardaí investigating whether fire in Cork was started deliberatelyGardaí investigating whether fire in Cork was started deliberately

Tracker Mortgage Scandal: Hundreds may find their complaints judged out of date Tracker Mortgage Scandal: Hundreds may find their complaints judged out of date

Irish 'blame culture' contributing to shortage of consultantsIrish 'blame culture' contributing to shortage of consultants

HSE spending on agency staff in mental health services nearly twice its budgetHSE spending on agency staff in mental health services nearly twice its budget


Lifestyle

These are the pros who create Beyoncé’s glow and Lucy Boynton’s graphic eyes.Looking for beauty inspiration? Follow these celebrity make-up artists on Instagram

The former Great British Bake Off contestant shares her culinary recollections with Ella Walker.From eating mango with her grandmother to the smell of ghee, these are Chetna Makan’s food memories

Don’t let the late summer rain wash away all your homegrown herbs. We offer top tips on how to keep them going, long after summer has faded.Harvesting herbs: How to make 5 easily homegrown herbs last beyond summer

The beauty world has gone loco for coconuts, says Katie Wright.9 nourishing coconut beauty products that will work wonders on your hair and body

More From The Irish Examiner