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Garda who tried to save dying colleague awarded €45,000

Garda Gary McLoughlin, who died after his patrol car was rammed.

Garda Gary McLoughlin, who died after his patrol car was rammed.

Garda Bernard McLoughlin, who tried to save his colleague after their car was rammed in Donegal, has been awarded €45,000 by the High Court.

He told the court that he regarded Gary McLoughlin as a best friend as well as a colleague. The court heard that they had shared a flat and had trained together at Templemore before being sent to Buncrana.

On December 13, 20009, the pair were searching for a speeding car when it crashed into them at Lisfannon. Despite suffering severe hip and leg injuries in the crash, he did his best for his friend.

Detecting a pulse, he held Gary’s head in the recovery position until the emergency services arrived.

Tragically, Garda Gary McLoughlin died in hospital just hours after the crash.

Garda Bernard McLoughlin, who has taken educational leave to study in Australia, was awarded €45,000 for his compensation.

In July 2011 Martin McDermott of Castlegrove, Raphoe appeared before Letterkenny Circuit Court. He was sentenced to eight years imprisonment, with the final year suspended, for the manslaughter of Garda Gary McLoughlin.

In March of last year, McDermott absconded from Loughan Prison in Cavan. He was arrested in Derry the next day and extradited back to the Republic.

 

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