Stranger homicide predicted years before fatal Sligo attack, inquest hears

A jury has returned a verdict of unlawful killing in the case of a 20-year-old Sligo man in 2018.


Jimmy Loughlin died after being attacked by a stranger with a crowbar at his home.


Richard McLaughlin, who carried out the attack, was subsequently found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity.


At the end of the two-day inquest in Sligo courthouse, the jury recommended that there be regular and continuous inter-agency liaison when a person diagnosed with a serious mental health illness is discharged into the community.


Damien Tansey Senior Counsel, representing Jimmy Loughlin’s family spoke to Ocean FM news this morning.


Mr. Tansey says that one of the key findings in the inquest was that ‘stranger homicide had been predicted’ long before the fatal attack took place: