Mother of killed fresher wants inquiry into his death

David’s body was discovered after a night out in Dusk

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Stirling first-year David O’Halloran was killed walking home from Dusk nightclub last April.

Now his mother Donna is tirelessly campaigning for stricter laws to protect young people on nights out.

She is also petitioning for an inquiry into his death.

David during Freshers

David during Freshers’

David’s body was discovered on the 18th of April last year, having been missing since January; after attempting to walk home from Dusk Nightclub in the harsh winter elements.

Donna has always maintained that David’s drink was spiked on the night of his death and is passionately willing for the inquiry, but the petition doesn’t have enough signatures yet.

Donna said: “We nearly have 5000 signatures but really could be doing with a lot more to help lawyers bring pressure to the police force. 5000 isn’t the ultimate aim as really 100,000 would be much better.”

Donna is keen to get her inquiry petition more signatures

Donna is keen to get her inquiry petition more signatures

As well as the petition, Donna still thinks that young adults are “still being treated diabolically out there” and are at risk when drinking in clubs and returning home from them.

Donna has admitted that even if the inquiry is agreed, it won’t give her and her family closure following David’s death: “I don’t think anyone ever gets closure on losing a child or loved one, we just learn how to survive with it.”

Donna O'Halloran with her son, David

Donna O’Halloran with her son, David

But Donna has found some peace through her campaigning and has never doubted her efforts to help protect young people on nights out.

She said: “I have had quite a few people saying it has made them more aware either for themselves or their young. I’d say [young people] are more alert.”

“Helping others gives me something positive to focus on and if it saves only a few lives it’s better than nothing.” she added.

Sign Donna’s petition for an inquiry into her son’s death here.