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Gym register seized in McGuigan murder probe

Suzanne Breen

Published 28/08/2015 | 02:30

Four months after the murder of former IRA commander Jock Davison, the PSNI has seized a potentially major piece of evidence in the investigation
Four months after the murder of former IRA commander Jock Davison, the PSNI has seized a potentially major piece of evidence in the investigation

Four months after the murder of former IRA commander Jock Davison, the PSNI has seized a potentially major piece of evidence in the investigation.

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Police removed a register from the gym at the Dockers' Club in Belfast's Pilot Street on Tuesday, which members must use to sign in and out.

Republican ex-prisoner Kevin McGuigan, who was shot dead by IRA members a fortnight ago, had told the police and the Provos that he was in the gym at the time of Davison's murder.

The IRA believe that Mr McGuigan (53) murdered Mr Davison in revenge for a punishment attack that the IRA commander had inflicted on him over a decade earlier.

Another gym member, who is a veteran Belfast republican from the 1970s, verified Mr McGuigan's alibi and said he had been with him in the gym on the morning of the murder.

Gym users said they were stunned that the police had not seized the gym log-in register long before now.

"To be coming for something so vital to the murder investigation four months later seems very odd," one man said. "Taking the register earlier could have cleared Kevin's name and saved his life if it had proved that he couldn't have shot Jock."

Meanwhile, it has been alleged that the PSNI did a secret deal with the IRA not to pursue certain suspects in the Robert McCartney murder.

The 'Belfast Telegraph' reported that SDLP MLA Alex Attwood has claimed that a former assistant chief constable said the police would pursue individuals involved in the McCartney murder, but not those involved in the clean-up of the scene.

Mr Attwood has made a statement on the matter to the Police Ombudsman.

Irish Independent

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