Gallagher has case against him dismissed
Published 06/11/2012 | 17:57
DOUBLE KILLER John Gallagher, who absconded from custody, has had a case against him dismissed because the address on a summons was wrong.
John Gallagher (46) shot his ex-girlfriend Anne Gillespie and her mother Annie in the grounds of Sligo Hospital in 1988.
He was found guilty but insane and sent to the Central Mental Hospital (CMH), but absconded while on day release in 2000.
He gave himself up to the authorities in June this year before being released four weeks later.
The DPP had issued Gallagher with a summons for absconding from lawful custody, an offence carrying a maximum six-month jail sentence.
However, Dublin District Court judge Catherine Murphy ruled that the serving of the summons at a wrong address rendered it defective.
After considering legal arguments raised by defence solicitor Dara Robinson, she struck out the prosecution against Gallagher, who did not attend the proceedings.