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Inquest verdict for holiday home Irish OO

Verdict of accidental death returned after explosion in Co Donegal

A jury at the inquest into the death of Irish optometrist Jeffrey McLaughlin in 2014 has returned a verdict of accidental death by misadventure after an explosion at the family holiday home in Malin Head, Co Donegal in 2014.

The jury heard evidence of how forensic investigators had found extensive dousing of petrol and heating oil in the property, which was all but destroyed in the blast. Evidence of accelerants were also found on McLaughlin’s clothes.

A report in the Irish Independent claimed that McLaughlin had been trying unsuccessfully to sell the property for a number of years. The jury heard that he had worn plastic bags on his shoes to conceal his identity and had fitted fake number plates to his vehicle which was parked some distance away from the property.

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