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family's pain Sister of murder victim Mark Loughlin says 'cowardly scum still walk the streets as my brother lies in a box'

Eight arrests in murder probe


Father-of-two Mark Loughlin was beaten to death

Father-of-two Mark Loughlin was beaten to death

Father-of-two Mark Loughlin was beaten to death

The heartbroken sister of young dad found beaten to death in Co. Kildare in has warned his killers: "You will not get away with it."

Shannon Loughlin spoke out this week as gardaí made eight arrests and carried out a number of searches of properties in Allenwood, Kildare, as their investigation into the brutal murder of Mark 'Yob' Loughlin continues.

Father-of-two Mark was attacked in the Allenwood South area of the county in the early hours of January 3.

Sources have said that he was attacked by a group of people and had earlier in the night been involved in a road crash.

On Thursday morning, gardaí arrested eight people, including a teenager and a woman.

All eight were released without charge on Friday and a file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in consideration of charges being brought.

Posting on Facebook after the raids and arrests, Mark's sister Shannon said: "Nearly three months and the pain is unreal.

"The endless torture my family and his real friends are going through is horrific.

"And still, the cowardly scum are walking the streets holding their families close, in their warm beds at night, having the freedom to walk about while my brother lies in a box under the ground.

"I never knew what the word hate meant until now. There's a big, big difference between dislike and hate and I hate you all.

"I hope you all die in agony!

"I never wished harm on anyone but all (of) you involved, I wish it on you.

"You're all cowards.

"We have heard so many cruel rumours of the torture my brother endured that night. It was enough to put each and every one of us in a mental home.

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"We have had so many sleepless nights over the things we have heard.

"But one thing I know when it comes to my brother, I promise you, you will not get away with it.


Father-of-two Mark Loughlin with his partner Deanna Gill

Father-of-two Mark Loughlin with his partner Deanna Gill

Father-of-two Mark Loughlin with his partner Deanna Gill

"I appeal to anyone who has any information, please contact the gardaí.

"If you know anything!

"I'm sure there is a confidential line if you want to stay anonymous. If it was your family, wouldn't you want us to come forward?

"Help me to get justice for my brother Mark."

Previously, sources told the Sunday World how the fatal attack on Mark, who was known to pals as 'Yob,' occurred hours after a collision between a Silver Audi A4 and a Renault Trafic van in the Allenwood South area of Kildare at 12.45am on January 3.

Officers from Robertstown arrived at the scene but the parties present declined to make a complaint.

The cars were seized for forensic analysis and gardaí left the area. Three hours later, at 3.49am, gardaí received a further call about an assault and public order incident near the scene of the earlier crash.

When they arrived they discovered Mark unconscious on the road as another person appeared to be administering CPR. Medical assistance was sought and Mark was taken by ambulance to Naas General Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Gardaí believe Mark was one of the parties involved in the earlier collision.

"It appears the deceased man had travelled out to the Allenwood area with a group in a vehicle and they were confronted by another group - who would regard themselves as rivals," a source told the Sunday World at the time.

"We would estimate the total number involved in the confrontation at approximately 20 people.

"All of them have been or will be spoken to and then there is another 10 people who would also have knowledge of the events.

"There had been threats in the lead up to this event and the thinking would be that this meeting was to have been some kind of straightener.

"The most accurate way of describing this would be to say there was a significant outbreak of violence between two rival groups leading to the death of this man."

The source said gardaí are aware of a personal element to the dispute, involving a woman, between Mark Loughlin and one of the rival group - but said at the time this was being looked at as having added 'fuel to the fire' rather than being the main reason behind what occurred.

"There were a number of dynamics, including this element, at play here," the source said, "and each will be examined in detail."

A Garda statement relating to this week's developments in the investigation, said: "Gardaí from Naas carried out a number of searches on Wednesday 14th April, 2021 and arrested eight persons who have all been released from Garda custody."

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