Five years on from Regan Tierney's tragic death, her family will finally get answers

-Credit: (Image: MEN Media)
-Credit: (Image: MEN Media)


The family of a young mum killed in murder-suicide five years ago are set to finally get answers from Greater Manchester Police and other agencies after it was confirmed her inquest will go ahead next month. Regan Tierney, 27, was found dead at her Salford home in June 2019. Her ex-partner Daniel Patten, 31, also found with critical injuries, died two days later in hospital.

During the course of their 10-year relationship, Regan was subjected to coercive and controlling behaviour, intimidation, verbal abuse, physical violence and threats. Police investigating at the time said they were treating the deaths as a murder-suicide.

At a hearing days after the five-year anniversary of Regan's death, representatives for the family said it was 'a very raw and upsetting' time. Her loved ones have previously criticised lengthy delays in the coronial proceedings.

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Speaking at Bolton Coroners' Court on Friday (June 7), the family's lawyer Emma-Louise Fenelon said: "It was Regan's five year anniversary this past Wednesday. This remains a very raw and upsetting time for the family." She highlighted that it was the seventh pre-inquest review since proceedings began in June 2019.

The hearing saw representatives from the family, Greater Manchester Police, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), the Northern Care Alliance and Integrated Care Board, and Royal Bolton Hospital gather ahead of the full inquest on July 11.

Regan and her sister Shannon -Credit:MEN
Regan and her sister Shannon -Credit:MEN

A 2022 Domestic Homicide Review commissioned by Salford Community Safety Partnership found that just days before her death, Regan made a phone call to police reporting that her partner Patten had threatened to 'put her head on a stick,' believing she was in danger.

But, following a three-day delay by GMP to record the report, Regan 'lost confidence' and decided not to pursue the matter. Her family believes she was 'let down'. The review found a number of opportunities to help protect Regan were missed by a range of bodies.

An inquest into Patten's death in 2022 heard he stabbed Regan to death at the home they once shared in Walkden, before killing himself after being left 'destroyed' by their break-up. Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Regan's sister Shannon described her as a 'loving, selfless and beautiful soul'.

"Honestly, you couldn't have asked for a better sister," she added. "She was just someone who was so family oriented and always put her kids and family first. It's been very anxious waiting. We haven't been able to grieve due to meetings and then pre-inquest [review] after pre inquest [review]. You start to heal a little bit, then the wounds are reopened.

"I feel like the closure and grief will fully come once the inquest is over." The full inquest will begin on July 11.