A double murderer told police “if they’re dead, I’m joining them” before throwing himself from a 12th storey balcony, a report revealed today.
Hugh Gallagher confessed to killing Keith Taylor and Tracy Gabriel at Aberdeen’s Donside Court on July 19, 2016, before taking his own life.
His admission was made to four officers at the scene in Tillydrone who were working to save Keith while attempting to persuade bloodstained Gallagher to come inside from the balcony – where Tracy was lying injured.
The details of the case were revealed for the first time in a Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) report released today.
The PIRC investigation was ordered by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and found police officers who attended the incident acted “appropriately and with professionalism”.
A PIRC spokesman said: “On entering the flat, officers found Keith Taylor, 44, lying on the living room sofa with stab wounds. They then saw Hugh Gallacher, 56, standing on the balcony of the flat.
“His hands appeared to be bloodstained and he shouted to the officers that he was responsible for inflicting the injuries to Mr Taylor and Tracy Gabriel, 41, the resident of the flat. She was subsequently found on the balcony with stab wounds to her chest.
“Two of the officers carried out CPR on Mr Taylor, while the other two officers attempted, over a three to four-minute period, to calm Hugh Gallacher and persuade him to come back inside.
“However, he shouted and swore indicating that he was responsible for inflicting the injuries on Keith Taylor and Tracy Gabriel before indicating his intention to jump from the balcony and saying if he came back inside he would be arrested.
“However, Hugh Gallacher told officers: ‘If they’re dead, I’m joining them’.
“He then slammed the balcony window shut and jumped to his death. The officers …read more
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