Thursday 19 April 2018

Couple may have overdosed on morphine for mother's cancer

Stephen deLoughry (28) and Melissa Giltrap (32),
Stephen deLoughry (28) and Melissa Giltrap (32),
Adam Cullen

Adam Cullen

Gardai believe a young Dublin man and his fiancee who were found dead in a Co Wexford house died of an accidental morphine overdose.

Stephen de Loughry (28) and Melissa Giltrap (32) were found dead in a house in Woodlands estate, Clonroche village, shortly after 4pm on Monday.

Melissa Giltrap.
Melissa Giltrap.

It's believed the prescription medication that the couple had taken belonged to Mr de Loughry's mother, who died a number of years ago after a long battle with cancer.

Read more here: Foul play ruled out in deaths of young couple 

The pair were discovered in an upstairs bedroom by a member of Mr de Loughry's family.

Ms Giltrap was found on a bed with her partner slumped on the ground beside her.

Stephen de Loughry
Stephen de Loughry

Gardai found the morphine, which was in tablet form, beside the couple. Officers suspect the pain medication was in the house for some time.

The couple were known drug users, and there was some initial speculation that they may have taken a heroin overdose.

However, gardai found only morphine tablets and no traces of any other drugs or drug-taking paraphernalia.

Investigators are compiling a report for the coroner.

The result will be presented to an inquest which will determine the cause of death and circumstances leading up to it.

Mr de Loughry is from Blanchardstown, west Dublin, while Ms Giltrap is from Slaney View Park in Enniscorthy.

They had both been living in Gimont Avenue in Enniscorthy town prior to their death.

Ms Giltrap has a 13-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.

Gardai have ruled out foul play.

Local Cllr Mary Farrell has said it is a "heartbreaking" event for everyone involved.

"Drug use is currently gripping our county. We need more investment to tackle the problem. The Government needs to realise that this is not just a Dublin issue."

Read more here: Bodies of Dubliner and his fiancee found dead in suspected drugs overdose 


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