You're in jail till you reach 95: Convicted killer Ian McLoughlin jailed for murder of Good Samaritan Graham Buck

 

Crime Correspondent

A convicted murderer will spend the next 40 years in prison after fatally stabbing a Good Samaritan who rushed to help a wealthy neighbour from being robbed.

Ian McLoughlin, 55, was sentenced at the Old Bailey for homicide for the third time after plunging a knife into the neck of Graham Buck as he responded to cries for help from his elderly neighbour, a convicted paedophile who had served time in prison with the killer.

Mr Buck, a father-of-three, managed to stagger to his home two doors away despite the gaping wound but died on the front lawn with his dog at his side, the court heard. In police interview, McLoughlin told officers: "I'm not sorry for what I did to the nonce, but I'm sorry for what I did to the pensioner."

Mr Buck’s relatives were in court today as McLoughlin – who killed the 66-year-old on his first day release after serving 21 years in prison – admitted murder and was jailed for life. Mr Buck’s wife Karen mouthed “yes” as Mr Justice Sweeney said he would serve a minimum of 40 years behind bars.

In a statement to the court, she said that her life had been turned upside down by her husband's death. “There was no need kill him. He wasn’t a big man, if he got in the way he could just have been pushed over or even knocked out,” according to the statement.

She said killing him was the most “senseless, vicious” act of violence possible that had devastated his family. “We will be left with that thought and of his pain and suffering for the rest of our lives,” according to her statement.

McLoughlin was let out for a day from Spring Hill Prison for the first time in 21 years when he went to Francis Cory-Wright’s home in Little Gaddesden, Herts, determined to rob him. McLoughlin demanded “gold and silver” from Mr Cory-Wright, released earlier this year after serving time for abusing a 10-year-old boy, then tied him up as he filled a pillow case with heirlooms.

As McLoughlin dragged his loot downstairs, Mr Cory-Wright managed to struggle free and called for help from a window. Mr Buck, 66, heard his cries for help and went to his aid, but was dragged inside and stabbed with a dagger leaving a hole the size of a fist, the Old Bailey was told.

McLoughlin had killed twice before - the first time in 1984 when he hit Len Delgatty, 49, over the head with a hammer several times after a row, and left his body in a cupboard. He was jailed for 10 years for manslaughter at the Old Bailey, reduced to eight years on appeal.

After his release, he went to live in Brighton, where barman Peter Halls, 55, offered him work. McLoughlin said he assumed Mr Halls was gay, and thought that he may be expected to sleep with him. He stabbed Mr Halls to death after he claimed that he confessed to liking young boys and took holidays in Morocco for under-age sex, the court heard. In 1992 he was jailed for 25 years for murder.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee