Wednesday 18 September 2019

Gardai appeal for information over the 2008 murder of Andrew Burns

Andrew Burns. Picture Garda Press Office
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Gardai are appealing for information in relation to the murder of a Donegal man almost a decade ago.

Andrew Burns (27) was lured from his home in Strabane, Co Tyrone to a church grounds in Donnyloop, Castlefin, Co Donegal on February 12, 2008 where he was shot in the back and killed.

Gardaí believe that a number of people were involved in the suspected dissident attack but just one man was convicted in relation to the death.

To mark the ten-year anniversary of Mr Burns' murder, gardai have launched an appeal for information.

Gardai said that between 7.05pm and 7.15pm on the February 12, 2008, a number of young people from the village of Clady were walking the half mile journey to the village of Donnyloop, Castlefin, Co. Donegal.

As they approached Donnyloop, they heard gunshots.

Moments later, they observed Mr Burns staggering in the roadway of Donnyloop village.

A man was seen running towards the nearby church car park. Two cars were then seen leaving Donnyloop, travelling back towards Northern Ireland in the direction of Clady village. One of these vehicles is described as a black car or a really dark red car, while the second is described as a silver coloured car. 

Gardai said that Mr Burns fell in the middle of the roadway and was attended to by passers-by.

Mr Burns had received gunshot wounds was pronounced dead.

Ten years later, only one man has been conicted of the murder, however gardai believe a number of people were involved in the attack.

Gardaí wish to appeal for anyone with information no matter how insignificant it may seem to come forward to assist with this investigation.

Please contact the Incident Room at Letterkenny Garda Station on 0035374 91 67100 or 0035374 91 67170 or any Garda Station or use the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111

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