‘We are in genuine fear of what he will do next’

Double killer, John Gallagher at home in Strabane prior to turning himself in.

THOSE close to double killer John Gallagher say they are in “genuine fear” of what he will do next.

The 46-year-old  was discharged from Dublin’s Central Mental Hospital on Friday after handing himself over to the authorities in May.


Gallagher gave himself up voluntarily after 12 years on the run for killing Anne Gillespie (51) and her daughter Ann (18). Gallagher blasted the pair to death with a shotgun in the grounds of Sligo Hospital in 1988.

Under the conditions of his release, Gallagher is now allowed to cross the border to his family in Lifford, something he was barred from doing prior to presenting himself to the authorities.

He has however been banned from making contact with the family of his victims. It emerged over the weekend that members of the Gillespie family had sought Gardai protection for fear of their safety.

What John Gallagher intends to do next remains unclear however it is understood that he does plan to return to Strabane.

There was however little sign of life around his Grangewood home when the Strabane Chronicle visited the area on Tuesday.

Sources suggest the killer and his family may have travelled to England until heat surrounding the case dies down.


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