Man admits 'Samaritan' murder

Ian McLoughlin, 55, today pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to the murder of Graham Buck, who was stabbed when he went to the aid of his convicted paedophile neighbour during a robbery.

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Good Samaritan murderer had killed twice before

Ian McLoughlin, who today admitted to the murder of pensioner Graham Buck, had killed twice before.

Ian McLoughlin admitted to killing the pensioner. Credit: ITV Anglia

In 1984, 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.

McLoughlin stabbed Mr Halls several times, and in 1992 was jailed for 25 years for murder, serving a total of 21 years behind bars.

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Judge: 'Not appropriate to impose whole life sentence'

A judge said it was "not appropriate to impose a whole life sentence" on triple killer Ian McLoughlin because of a European judgment.

The implementation of a whole life order within the current legislative framework in this country is in breach at the time of passing of sentence of article three of the European Convention.

It is not appropriate to impose a whole life term.

However even for a man of 55 years of age, the minimum term of years must be a very long one indeed.

– Mr Justice Sweeney
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Killer 'sorry' for murder of good Samaritan

Ian McLoughlin, who today admitted to the murder of a pensioner, said in a police interview he was "sorry" for the killing but did not regret the initial robbery.

Ian McLoughlin admitted to killing the pensioner. Credit: ITV Anglia

McLoughlin, 55, who will be sentenced this afternoon, had met convicted paedophile Francis Cory-Wright in prison and turned up to his house claiming to need help setting up a charity supporting elderly ex-offenders.

But the 55-year-old, already a convicted killer, grabbed Mr Cory-Wright and demanded to know where he kept his "gold and silver".

The convicted paedophile, who was jailed for 30 months in 2011 for indecently assaulting a 10-year old boy in the 1970s, was tied to his bed and McLoughlin put silver family heirlooms into a pillowcase and demanded his bank cards and pin numbers.

Father-of-three Graham Buck, who lived two doors away from Mr Cory-Wright, went to help him after hearing shouting in his front garden.

McLoughlin said he was confronted by Mr Buck as he tried to flee the house and stabbed him.

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Good Samaritan helped neighbour during robbery

A 55-year-old man has admitted to the murder of a pensioner who was stabbed after going to the aid of his neighbour - a convicted paedophile - during a robbery.

Graham Buck was killed after going to the aid of his neighbour. Credit: ITV Anglia

Ian McLoughlin appeared at the Old Bailey today where he admitted killing Graham Buck in Little Gaddesden, Hertfordshire, in July.

Ian McLoughlin admitted to killing the pensioner. Credit: ITV Anglia

Mr Buck, 66, suffered fatal stab wounds when he responded to cries from the home of 86-year-old Francis Cory-Wright in the village near Berkhamsted.