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Sunday 31 August 2014

Stab victims remembered at funeral of Irish man who died after crime spree

Greg Harkin

Published 14/07/2014 | 14:59

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The remains of the late Enda McLaughlin is carried from the Church of the Sacred Heart by family members as his father Patrick walks behind.  (North West Newspix)
The remains of the late Enda McLaughlin is carried from the Church of the Sacred Heart by family members as his father Patrick walks behind. Credit: North West Newspix
The remains of the late Enda McLaughlin is carried from the Church of the Sacred Heart by family members as his father Patrick walks behind.  (North West Newspix)
The remains of the late Enda McLaughlin is carried from the Church of the Sacred Heart by family members as his father Patrick walks behind. Credit: North West Newspix
The remains of the late Enda McLaughlin is carried from the Church of the Sacred Heart by family members as his father Patrick walks behind.  (North West Newspix)
The remains of the late Enda McLaughlin is carried from the Church of the Sacred Heart by family members as his father Patrick walks behind. Credit: North West Newspix

The family of an Irish man who stabbed three people during a crime spree in Germany have said prayers today for the victims of the attack.

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Tragic Enda McLaughlin, (27), died when he was hit by a car being driven by a British couple near the German town of Acchen three weeks ago. He had suffered life-long mental health issues.

Mr McLaughlin, from Glentogher, 4kms from Carndonagh in Co Donegal, had earlier stabbed a Dutch taxi driver who had driven him over the border from Holland. Just minutes later he stabbed a 49-year-old pedestrian when he refused to hand over money.

When a second taxi driver left McLaughlin at a motorway service station, the Donegal man stabbed an Estonian lorry driver before being knocked down as he tried to run across a road nearby. He died at the scene.

Today the dead man’s father Patrick wept as his son was laid to rest in the graveyard of the Church of the Sacred Heart in Carndonagh.

Speaking at the funeral Mass, Parish Priest Father Con McLaughlin said the family wished to remember the victims of the attack in Germany.

“We pray for Enda, his family and friends today, and the entire community here which is still in shock three weeks after we heard such dreadful news from Germany,” said the priest.

“And we also pray for those who were injured and who were left deeply traumatised by the events and for the community and people of Acchen.”

Mr McLaughlin’s remains were repatriated last week, with hundreds of mourners attending his wake.

He had dozens of previous convictions for violent offences. However his sister Catherine said he suffered from bipolar disorder and called on the Government to invest more resources in dealing with repeat offenders with mental health issues.

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