Inquest to be held into death of Barnsley man attacked by convicted killer

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An inquest is to be held today into the murder of a Barnsley man attacked by a convicted killer.

John Gogarty, aged 65, was stabbed 69 times during an attack at his home in Wombwell, in July 2015.

John Gogarty

John Gogarty

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His killer, Ian Birley, now 46, had previously been jailed for murdering another pensioner in 1995, and was out on licence at the time. 

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He was given a whole life tariff for Mr Gogarty’s death, meaning he will never be eligible for parole

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His accomplice, Helen Nichols, who was his girlfriend at the time, was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 20 years behind bars.

Birley and Nichols have been informed of the inquest.