The late John McLaughlin

The Inquest of an Inishowen man killed in a two-car collision outside Malin Town has been put down for mention at the Donegal Coroner’s Court sitting in Buncrana Courthouse on January 30, 2019.

John “Rustard” McLaughlin from The Links, Greencastle died following a Road Traffic Collision at Strand Head, outside Malin, at around 6.00pm on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

During proceedings in Buncrana Court on Wednesday past (September 12, 2018), Donegal Coroner Dr Denis McCauley explained that the medical evidence regarding Mr McLaughlin had been read into the record at a previous Mention of the case.

Dr McCauley said that an adjournment of the Inquest had been requested at that time in view of the “possible pursuit of a criminal case.”

Addressing the Coroner, Garda Inspector David Murphy requested a further adjournment of Mr McLaughlin’s Inquest, to “facilitate further investigation of the matter.”

Inspector Murphy said the matter was “under the management of the Superintendent” and he understood a file was in process of being compiled for submission to the DPP.

Speaking on behalf of Mr McLaughlin’s mother, who was present in court, solicitor Mr Walter Hegarty said Mr McLaughlin’s family thanked the Garda for pursuing the investigation.

Mr Hegarty said the family was finding the situation difficult from a “personal and human point of view” especially when they saw other cases moving more quickly.

Mr Hegarty added that the McLaughlin family would take “comfort from what might be said” on January 30, 2018, which was only a short time before John McLaughlin’s Second Anniversary.

Inspector Murphy said it was important to “distinguish the individuality ‘ of each investigation. He said it was very difficult to compare them.

Dr McCauley said that if a decision was made to proceed with a criminal investigation, Mr McLaughlin’s Inquest would be adjourned until that finished.

He added that he hoped Inspector Murphy would have “further news” on the possible criminal investigation when Mr McLaughlin’s Inquest was next mentioned on January 30, 2019.

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