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'danger to society' Relief for family of Jill Bishop after killer Michael McLoughlin denied parole again

In 1991, Michael Dean McLoughlin beat Bray teenager Jill Bishop to death after meeting her at a Halloween disco at a hotel in the town.

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Jillian Bishop

Jillian Bishop

Convicted killer Michael McLoughlin

Convicted killer Michael McLoughlin

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Jillian Bishop

A MURDERER who was sent back to prison after making unwanted approaches to a woman after his release has been denied freedom after making a parole application.

In 1991, Michael Dean McLoughlin beat Bray teenager Jill Bishop to death after meeting her at a Halloween disco at a hotel in the town.

Her naked body was found the next day.

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Convicted killer Michael McLoughlin

Convicted killer Michael McLoughlin

Convicted killer Michael McLoughlin

McLoughlin also forced a £1 coin down the teenager's throat during the attack.

He was arrested the day the 18-year-old's body was discovered, showed no remorse and pleaded not guilty when charged with murder.

He was released from prison in 2017.

Unaware

The Bishop family had campaigned for a copy of his photo to be circulated before his release because they did not know what he looked like and were fearful he could be beside them in the street and they would not know.

They were also concerned other women could be approached by McLoughlin, unaware of his past.

However, the Irish Prison Service told them it could not supply such a photo because of the Data Protection Act.

It was only when the Herald published an image of him that an 18-year-old cafe worker in Dublin alerted her family that McLoughlin had been approaching her at work and trying to establish a friendship with her.

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Jill Bishop was murdered while walking home from a night out

Jill Bishop was murdered while walking home from a night out

Jill Bishop was murdered while walking home from a night out

She did not realise who he was until the picture was published, and reacted with shock.

McLoughlin had been re- leased on licence and had to sign on at Mountjoy prison on a weekly basis.

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After the story of him approaching a young woman the same age as his victim was published, he ended up back behind bars after going to sign on the next time.

Now, just over two years later, McLoughlin's 10th application for parole has been refused and he has been told he will remain in prison.

The news was welcomed by Jill's family, who have been told the parole board has recommended McLoughlin continue to engage with prison services and take part in recommended therapeutic courses and assessments.

He will also be considered for meetings with his family outside of prison in "neutral venues".

"Hopefully he will never get parole because he has the potential to kill again," said Jill's sister, Karen.

"He got out for nearly a year and started harassing a young woman the same age as Jill.

"He hasn't learned. It's in him. He would reoffend again.

"He's a danger to society. He has proven that himself.

"Yet he will still get to meet his parents outside of prison. My parents have to go to a graveyard to visit their daughter."

The father of the cafe worker said: "Some things don't change, as his carry-on in relation to approaching my daughter has shown. His actions have already proven that."

After the Herald exposed McLoughlin's actions, the cafe worker told of how he had made his approaches over a number of months.

"l'd frequently get older men making comments like 'If I was 20 years younger' and that kind of thing, but it's generally harmless banter," she said.

"But this was different. There was something weird about him. It wasn't just casual conversation."

After McLoughlin was put back in prison, the cafe worker said she felt safer and other young women could feel safe too.

It is unclear when McLoughlin can apply for parole again as each prisoner's situation is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

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