The partner of a Sligo man who was allegedly shot dead by her own father has spoken of her heartache at his death.

Her story features in today’s Irish Independent.

Damien Conlon (38), who grew up in the Fort Hill area of Sligo, was fatally shot near his home in New South Wales last month.

Luke Simon (57), the father of Damien’s girlfriend Linda, was arrested at the scene and has been charged with murder.

Linda has now revealed she is planning to fly back to Ireland for Damien's funeral next week and has thanked his family for their support.

Damien and Linda were engaged and had been planning to marry later this year.

Damien had grown  up in the Fort Hill area of Sligo and came from a close-knit and highly regarded family who live in Strandhill.

He had worked in construction since he moved to Australia 12 years ago and became an Australian citizen in 2021.

Luke Simon (57) was charged with Mr Conlon’s murder at his home in the village of Oberton.

He appeared in court in the nearby town of Bathurst last week and was remanded in custody for seven weeks.

The court heard there were health concerns about the accused’s condition, but he was refused bail and is due back in court on April 5th.




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