Residents in Carndonagh have this morning awoken to the news that a 27-year-old man from the town, allegedly responsible for stabbing three people in Germany, has died after being hit by a car while attempting to flee from police.
A post mortem will today be carried out on the body of Enda McLaughlin, who had come before the courts in Inishowen several times and had a string of previous convictions.
It’s been reported that the Carn man was identified by documents from the Irish prison authorities, which he had on him at the time of his death. It’s believed he had been released from prison here in April.
It’s understood McLaughlin had taken a taxi from the Netherlands and had asked to be taken to the German city of Aachen on Monday evening.
One of the victims of Monday’s stabbings, a lorry driver, is said to be in a critical condition in a hospital in Germany. Meanwhile, a taxi driver and another man who was stabbed are recovering.
It’s believed McLaughlin was killed instantly when he was struck by a car being driven by an English couple on a motorway as he attempted to flee police who were trying to apprehend him.
One local woman speaking this morning, who did not wish to be named said that the entire community in Carndonagh was in shock at the news.
“Most people would know this young man who has led a very troubled life,” she said.
“He would have faced numerous challenges in recent years including the death of his mother. This is just a horrible situation for everyone involved.”