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Tuesday 24 April 2018

Who knows what he is capable of, says tragic victim's brother

Luke Byrne

Bridie Gargan's murder still affects her family 29 years after the crime, her brother said last night.

Christopher Gargan (43) said Ms Gargan's five brothers and sisters still discuss the impact of the crime.

"They still miss her," he said.

Speaking to the Irish Independent at the family home in Co Meath, he questioned the wisdom of releasing her murderer, Malcolm Macarthur.

"Who knows what he is capable of?" Mr Gargan said. "In this country they don't serve life, for a life.

"He should serve for the rest of his life."

But he said that the family could be grateful that "at least" Macarthur served 29 years behind bars.

Mr Gargan was only 14 at the time of his sister's murder but still remembers her fondly.

"I still remember her; she was a young, bubbly woman," he said.

He said he was not given much notice about Macarthur's release, but he knew the day would come.

"I have nothing to say to him," Mr Gargan said when asked if had any words for Macarthur.

Irish Independent

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