Strabane lottery winner is released after appealing sectioning by health trust


Strabane woman who won £27m on the National Lottery in December instructed her solicitor to challenge the Western Health Trust for sectioning her under the Mental Health Act.

Margaret Loughrey, 48, landed the surprise fortune at the end of last year in the Euromillions jackpot.

But yesterday her solicitor Richard Campbell of Quigley, Grant and Kyle told the News Letter that the health trust had sectioned her almost three weeks ago.

“I was instructed by Margaret to lodge an appeal against this decision to the Mental Health Review Tribunal,” Mr Campbell said.

“However she was released today [Friday] so the process will now go no further.”

A spokeswoman for the Western Trust that it could not comment on individual cases due to patient/client confidentiality.

“If a patient or their relative has any issue in relation to their treatment we would encourage them to raise these issues through the trust’s comments and complaints system – the Patients’ Advocate Office,” she added. “All complaints received are investigated promptly and a response issued to the person making the complaint as soon as possible.”

In December unemployed Ms Loughrey said she would not be leaving Strabane and pledged that “all the money will do is change lives for the better and make a lot of people happy, not just me”.