Saturday 16 December 2017

Family of killer send sympathy to victim's relatives

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

THE family of a man who shot his ex-girlfriend dead before turning the gun on himself have expressed condolences to the dead woman's relatives.

As mourners turned out to pray for mother-of-two Sarah Regan (30) at her local church in Cloonfad, Co Roscommon, last night, the family of her former partner, Robert Hartery, expressed sorrow to her relations

Gardai conveyed the messages of sympathy from the family of Hartery (45) to Ms Regan's heartbroken relatives yesterday. Ms Regan's children Shannan (11) and Dylan (8) have been told of their mother's brutal death.

Detectives have been liaising with both families who are said to be "devastated" by the tragic events of Friday last in Cloonfad.

Supt Brendan Connolly, of Castlerea garda station, who is heading up the probe, said the matter was still being treated as a "murder inquiry".

"We are conducting a full investigation and a file will be submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions," he said.

Supt Connolly said the deaths had been "very difficult" for the two families involved because of the "appalling circumstances".

Gardai will also probe where Hartery borrowed the 0.22 rifle used to shoot Ms Regan.

He was not licensed to use the firearm but locals said he asked a friend for the weapon, saying he was going hunting.

Ms Regan's family attended her removal at St Patrick's Church in Cloonfad last night, and will bury the young mother after Mass at noon today.

In Grangemockler, Co Tipperary, where Ms Regan lived with Hartery for a year before she moved back to Co Roscommon, the national school will close today as a mark of respect to both families.


Ms Regan's two children attended school there with Hartery's daughter until last summer.

Hartery will also be laid to rest this morning after midday Mass in Grangemockler.

Details emerged earlier this week of how Hartery duped the young mother into believing she was texting an old friend. He obtained a new SIM card and began texting her before tricking her into meeting him in the cul-de-sac of a ghost housing estate where she thought her acquaintance was looking at a property.

Irish Independent

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