Man jailed for murder - Little Gaddesden

21/10/2013

Ian McLoughlin, aged 55, has today, Monday, 21 October 2013, been sentenced to life and to serve a minimum of 40 years after pleading guilty, via video link, at the Old Bailey to murdering 66-year-old Graham Buck in Little Gaddesden on Saturday, 13 July. He also pleaded guilty to a robbery and was sentenced to eight years imprisonment for this, which will run concurrently.

On Saturday, 13 July, Graham Buck paid the ultimate price for intervening during the robbery at the home of an elderly neighbour.

Ruth Bowskill, Temporary Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This case involved the tragic murder of 66-year-old Graham Buck.

"Mr Buck, who had gone to the aid of his elderly neighbour, Francis Cory-Wright, after he heard cries for help, had the misfortune to come across Ian McLoughlin. We know that the robbery of Mr Cory-Wright was motivated by greed and that McLoughlin is an extremely dangerous man, but we may never know why McLoughlin murdered Mr Buck, who was an extremely selfless man.

"We have worked closely with the Major Crime Unit since this investigation was launched. The overwhelming evidence against McLoughlin led to his guilty pleas today.

"This case represents a tragedy for the family of Mr Buck. The victim, who was married with children and grandchildren, was brutally murdered in an unprovoked attack and died just yards from his home.  His family, friends, and the community have been devastated by his untimely death.

"As a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved. We know that nothing will bring Mr Buck back to his family, but we hope that today's conviction and sentence brings them at least a small sense that justice has been done. Our thoughts are very much with them at this time."

Detective Inspector Martin Brunning from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit said: "This was a horrific crime during which an innocent person has lost their life. Mr Buck's actions were totally selfless and illustrate a deep sense of community spirit which deserves recognition and respect.

"Mr Buck was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and has been described as a man who would help anyone in need, with a strong sense of doing the right thing.

"Our thoughts are with Graham's family at this time. No one should lose a loved one in these circumstances, but I hope that today's verdict will be of some comfort to them. I would like to thank them for their support and dignity in what has been an extremely traumatic time for them. I would also like to thank the community for their understanding and support.

"As a result of a very determined policing effort we were able to apprehend Ian McLoughlin. The Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit work relentlessly to pursue criminals who commit these crimes and I would like to thank all those involved, including colleagues in the Metropolitan Police, for their support and professionalism in dealing with this case and bringing Graham's killer to justice."