DOUBLE KILLER GALLAGHER BREAKS SILENCE DURING BROTHER’S COURT APPEARANCE

28 Dec 2019 admin

first_imgJohn Gallagher leaving an earlier sitting at Letterkenny court. (North West Newspix)A double-killer has broken his silence on his killings of a mother and a daughter and described the deaths as an “unfortunate incident”.Co Donegal-born John Gallagher appeared in court today after accusing his brother of trying to harm him.Donal Gallagher was charged with criminal damage when he appeared at Falcarragh District Court accused of throwing a rock through through his estranged brother John’s windscreen in Lifford in October, 2012. Gallagher shot his ex-girlfriend, 18-year-old Anne Gillespie, and her mother Annie, 51, in the grounds of Sligo General Hospital in 1988.Donal Gallagher leaving an earlier sitting at Letterkenny court.He was tried for murder but was found to be insane.He escaped from Dundrum Central Mental Hospital twelve years later and moved to Strabane, Co Tyrone, but returned to hand himself in in May 2012.Donal Gallagher, 52, of 2 Hillhead Road, Urney in Strabane, was charged with criminal damage at Main Street in Lifford on October 27, 2012.John Gallagher told Judge Paul Kelly that he had been travelling to Lifford to do some shopping his mother when he observed his brother travelling in a silver Vauxhall Vectra car behind him.He told the court that had been subjected to a campaign of intimidation by his brother and was in fear of him so decided to change his route.CCTV taken from a camera in John Gallagher’s van was used in evidence in the case and showed Donal Gallagher getting out of his car and picking up a rock before throwing it towards the windscreen “with brutal force”.Under cross examination by defending solicitor Kieran Dillon in relation to the 1988 killings, John Gallagher said he believed that the matter was concluded and that he had done nothing wrong since that “unfortunate incident”.“It’s something I’ve to live with,” he said adding that the verdict of guilty but insane was “an acquittal under Irish law.”In his evidence, Donal Gallagher, told the court that on the date in question, he went across road to find stick to defend himself from John as he was in fear of him but could only find a stone.He said he lived in fear of his brother John and outlined an incident where his brother Frances called him to the house.On that occasion, Donal claimed that John had said to his siblings that he’d make “Sligo look like a drizzle compared to what he’d do to us.”The court heard that there had been rising tension in the family since the death of the father and their late brother Francis.The question of the administration of their late father’s will was also causing tension, the court heard.Judge Paul Kelly said that it was clear that the unfortunate history between both brothers had given rise to this situation. He said there was tension between parties to say the very least.He bound Donal Gallagher to the peace for twelve months on his own bond of €500.A compensation order for €521 for the repair of John Gallagher’s van window was also ordered.Leave was given to appeal.DOUBLE KILLER GALLAGHER BREAKS SILENCE DURING BROTHER’S COURT APPEARANCE was last modified: October 21st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

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