Monday 18 November 2019

Man freed after 1976 murder quiz

Police said their inquiries into the murder of Paul McNally are continuing
Police said their inquiries into the murder of Paul McNally are continuing

A man arrested by detectives investigating the murder of a father of two in a random sectarian attack almost 40 years ago has been released pending a report to prosecutors.

Paul McNally, 26, was gunned down by a gang as he left a bookmaker's shop in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast in June 1976.

Police reopened the murder investigation after receiving new information.

The 55-year-old arrested man was detained on Monday.

Mr McNally, a plumber, who was married with a four-year-old daughter and five-month-old son, suffered serious injuries and died in hospital two days after the shooting.

He was among a group of men who were targeted by two gunmen as they walked out of Sean Graham's bookmaker's at the junction of Brompton Park and Crumlin Road.

A passing Army patrol opened fire as the gunmen fled the scene. The gang escaped in a yellow Ford Cortina which had been hijacked in the Shankill Road area a few minutes before the attack. The getaway car was later recovered in the same area.

Police said their inquiries into the murder are continuing.

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