Updated: 26/02/18 : 12:24:35
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Man (31) charged with murder of Jimmy Loughlin

A 31-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Jimmy Loughlin in Sligo over the weekend.

Richard McLoughlin of City Gate Apartments, Connolly Street, Sligo was charged at Donegal Town District Court this morning with the murder of 20-year-old Mr Loughlin at a house on Connolly Street on Saturday.

Garda TJ Gallagher gave evidence of arresting Mr McLoughlin at 8.48pm last night and charging him at Ballymote Garda Station.

He said Mr McLoughlin made no reply to the charge after caution.

Barrister Keith O'Grady said urgent psychiatric evaluation was warranted in the case.

He told Judge Kevin Kilraine that there was a certain history with local services in Sligo and he asked the judge to direct an urgent medical and psychiatric evaluation.

Mr O'Grady said there is a prescription available for Mr McLoughlin and it should be made available to him in custody.

Judge Kilraine granted free legal aid following an application from Mr McLoughlin’s solicitor Gerry McGovern.

The judge remanded Mr McLoughlin in custody to Harristown Court on Friday.

He also directed Mr McLoughlin be provided psychiatric assessment and treatment in custody.