Tuesday 21 November 2017

Death 'paramilitary-style killing'

The murder of a man shot dead in the North has the brutal hallmarks of a paramilitary-style killing, politicians have said.

The victim, thought to be in his 30s, had his hands tied and was found on a country road outside Derry after being shot at close range.

Police appealed for help in identifying the murdered man. Fears were growing that dissident republicans violently opposed to the peace process may be responsible, but their involvement has yet to be confirmed.

The man's body was found by a member of the public at 10.30pm on Wednesday on the Braehead Road close to the border with Co Donegal.

As witnesses described the murder scene as "horrific", MP for the area Mark Durkan said: "The people of Derry will be disgusted and appalled to learn of this murder.

"This morning, I attended the scene of where the body was found and I have spoken to the police about this horrific killing. On behalf of the SDLP, I totally and absolutely condemn this brutal and crude murder, which is a throwback to the very worst of our past."

Mr Durkan said the killing echoed the so-called "execution" murders carried out by the IRA during the Troubles.

Detectives have appealed for help to identify the murdered man, described as 6ft, with receding brown hair and aged 35 to 40.

A priest who visited the area where the body was discovered, Fr Stephen McLaughlin, said: "It's a scene that's quite hard to take in. The immediate feeling you have is one of utter revulsion, it is sickening.

"We thought certainly that these sort of things were not going to be part of our future. It was a just chilling scene, a man left, obviously murdered, at the side of a quiet country road."

Press Association

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