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Thursday 8 December 2016

Inquest into postman killing delayed

Published 20/09/2010 | 13:00

An inquest into the murder of a postman in Belfast was delayed again today after police asked the coroner to carry out further checks.

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Catholic Danny McColgan, who was 20, was shot dead by the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) as he arrived for work at the sorting office at Rathcoole on January 12, 2002.

Coroner John Leckey has 20 boxes of material but police want him to check its relevance to the investigation and to preserve European Convention rights to life and privacy.

Mr Leckey has already ruled that non-sensitive material should be provided to the family but this is the subject of a review in the Court of Appeal.

A police lawyer told the coroner: "You must carry out a relevance test, you must look at the material to test if it is relevant and at that stage it can be passed to the families."

Mr Leckey said the amount of sensitive material was not "voluminous" having already viewed it at police premises. He said he was willing to look at it again if that would assist.

Following the murder, thousands of people joined anti-violence demonstrations in cities and towns throughout the North to protest at sectarian killings.

Nobody has been convicted of the killing of the postman from the Longlands estate in Newtownabbey.

A lawyer for the McColgan family told the coroner: "You have made a ruling as far back as 2007 in the case where you indicated that all the non-sensitive material should be provided to the family.

"We (are of the opinion) that the inquest could only be conducted with the full input of the family."

The case will be reviewed again on October 13.

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