Saturday 27 May 2017

Second man arrested in connection with probe into Gerard 'Jock' Davison's murder

Police in Welsh Street, in the Markets area near Belfast city centre following the fatal shooting of Gerard
Police in Welsh Street, in the Markets area near Belfast city centre following the fatal shooting of Gerard "Jock" Davison, a former IRA commander
Gerard Davison

Geraldine Gittens

Detectives investigating the murder of Jock Davison have arrested a second man in Belfast.

Gerard 'Jock' Davison, who was expelled from the IRA following the murder of Robert McCartney in 2005, was gunned down in a gangland-style attack yesterday.

Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway, who is leading the murder investigation said a 41-year-old suspect was detained in Belfast this morning.

The PSNI tonight said he was released unconditionally.

"A 27 year old man has been arrested this evening by Detectives investigating the murder of Jock Davison," it tweeted.

Davison, a leading Republican figure, was shot several times by a lone gunman close to his home in Belfast city centre.

The killing was witnessed by children going to school.

The 47-year-old was one of three IRA members kicked out of the movement in the wake of the killing of Mr McCartney, which seriously jeopardised the Northern Ireland peace process.

Davison was accused of drawing his finger across his throat in a gesture to other IRA members to attack the father of two.

“I would again appeal to people who were in the Welsh Street area at 9am yesterday and who have information about the shooting to talk to detectives at Musgrave police station," said Det Chief Insp Galloway.

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