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Investigation Top cop to probe anti-vaxxer who urged OAP Joe McCarron to leave hospital

Anti-vaxxer Mureddu Gravegliu told Mr McCarron: “If you stay here, they’re going to f**king kill you.”


Joe McCarron in hospital

Joe McCarron in hospital

Joe McCarron in hospital

Gardai have appointed ‘a senior investigating officer’ to examine the circumstances leading up to the death of Joe McCarron at Letterkenny University Hospital.

Investigators will examine whether the actions of anti-vaxxer Mureddu Gravegliu – who entered the hospital and encouraged 75-year-old McCarron to leave against medical advice – constitute a criminal offence.

Mureddu, a member of the Freedom on the Land Movement, entered the hospital on September 14 and, in a videoed interaction with McCarron, can be heard telling him: “If you stay here, they’re going to f**king kill you.”

The video also shows Mureddu telling McCarron that he is coming home and that he’s “safe”.

A doctor then attempts to intervene, telling McCarron: “What he’s doing is wrong!”

“He’s endangering your life”.

“It’s a very difficult disease that you have, and I’m not lying to you, you could die, but this could be your best chance in the hospital.”

Mureddu responds to this telling McCarron: “If you stay here, they’re going to f**king kill you.”

He adds: “It’s better if he dies in the house than if he dies in here.”


Antonio Mureddu Gravegliu allegedly encouraged Mr McCarron to leave the hospital in County Donegal

Antonio Mureddu Gravegliu allegedly encouraged Mr McCarron to leave the hospital in County Donegal

Antonio Mureddu Gravegliu allegedly encouraged Mr McCarron to leave the hospital in County Donegal

McCarron left the hospital with Mureddu and went home – only to be rushed by ambulance back to ICU two days later.

Mr McCarron passed away at the hospital on Friday evening – eight days after his emergency return to intensive care.

In a statement issued to the Sunday World yesterday, gardai confirmed all the circumstances surrounding McCarron’s death are now being formally investigated.

“An Garda Síochána continues to investigate a number of recent incidents which occurred at Letterkenny University Hospital,” the statement read.

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“A senior investigating officer is appointed to oversee the investigation.

“An Garda Síochána has no further comment at this time.”

As part of the investigation, gardai are also expected to review a video recorded by McCarron after he left the hospital and returned to his home in Dungloe, Co. Donegal.

In this video, McCarron, a former election candidate with prominent anti-vaxxer Ben Gilroy’s Direct Democracy Ireland, praised his “good friend” Mureddu and his “friends” in the Common Law Office who gathered all “the common law paperwork which the boys brought into the hospital this morning”.

The activities of Antonio Mureddu Gravegliu have previously been documented by The Beacon.ie – a website that monitors the activities of right-wing activists in this country.

Mureddu is a known Freeman of the Land activist.

Advocates of this belief claim they’re not bound by any laws they have not consented to.

On his Telegram channel, he’s posted template letters which claim they give the issuer power of attorney over hospital patients.

In a previous video posted by Mureddu, which circulated widely online a number of weeks ago, he filmed himself arguing with a garda after being stopped for speeding in August.

The garda is seen telling Mureddu that he was travelling at 158kph.

Mureddu states he doesn’t have his driver’s licence, is “very busy”, and demands to be told what laws he has broken.

He also tells the garda that “I’ll ask the questions” and that “I’m the master and you are the servant”.

The garda eventually takes Mureddu’s details and asks him to present his driver’s licence at a garda station of his choice.

In a funeral notice published yesterday McCarron’s family confirmed that he will be waked privately in his home before his funeral – as a precautionary measure against the spread of Covid 19.

McCarron will be buried later today following Mass at St Crona’s Church in Dungloe at noon.

He will be laid to rest in Maghery cemetery.

His family, including his wife Una, have asked people wishing to sympathise with the family not to call to the family home at Diamond, Dungloe, because of Covid fears.

A notice on his obituary states “Due to the ongoing pandemic, the house is private please.”

Former Justice Minister Alan Shatter yesterday joined calls for a Garda investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr McCarron’s death.

He tweeted “My condolences to the family of Joe McCarron who died yesterday in Letterkenny Hospital.

“The Gardai should clarify whether his being wrongly encouraged by third parties, contrary to medical advice, to leave the hospital earlier this month is the subject of a Garda investigation.”

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