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Mum saved by murdered Garda Tony Golden released from hospital year after attack

Siobhan Phillips
Siobhan Phillips

A mother-of-two who was shot by her maniac boyfriend Adrian Crevan Mackin, who gunned down Garda Tony Golden in a sick attack before taking his own life, has finally been released from hospital.

Siobhan Phillips was shot four times by crazed partner Adrian Crevan Mackin - including once in the forehead - on October 11, 2015.

Her life was saved by the intervention of hero Garda Golden, who was gunned down by Mackin before he turned the weapon on himself.

Having suffered severe injuries in the attack, 22-year-old Siobhan is finally out of hospital, leading to the young mum being described as "a walking miracle".

"She is just trying to get back to normality now," a source told the Irish Daily Mail.

"She has a very good family who have helped her no end.

"She will obviously need ongoing medical treatment but she is out now and back in the community in Omeath.

"It is one year since her world was torn apart. All things considered, she is doing well.

"She is trying to get back to her life as best she can."

Two days before Mackin gunned down Siobhan and Garda Golden, he had beaten Siobhan "black and blue" at their home in Mullach Alainn in Omeath, Co Louth.

Less than an hour before the shooting, Siobhan had told Garda Golden at her local station how she had been physically assaulted. As a result of the incident she had left the house and returned to her family home.

She made arrangements to call to Omeath station on Sunday afternoon and arrived there with her father.

Siobhan made a written complaint about the assault to Garda Golden, who was on his own in the station at the time.

After dealing with the complaint, Garda Golden accompanied Siobhan and her father to Mullach Alainn at around 6pm to ensure she was not physically attacked again while she collected her belongings.

Her father stayed in the car, which was parked just outside the house, while Garda Golden accompanied Siobhan.

Siobhan walked upstairs to collect her clothes from her bedroom. That is where she was confronted by Mackin, who was wielding an illegally-held handgun.

Alerted by the shots, Garda Golden ran to climb up the stairs in a desperate bid to save Siobhan. But he was shot by the suspected terrorist as he made his way to the steps. Mackin then shot himself.

Vile killer Mackin (24), was known to Gardai for involvement in dissident activity, such as involvement in drugs and counterfeit cash.

In January of last year, Mackin was brought before the Special Criminal Court charged with IRA membership. He was on bail awaiting trial when the shootings occurred.

It also emerged a psychologist had assessed Mackin as "extremely dangerous" and likely to pose a serious threat to others, particularly his partner Siobhan Phillips.

He had also threatened the lives of two female social workers in Northern Ireland, who were investigating him for domestic abuse.