Sunday 21 January 2018

Police hold suspect over shooting of ex-IRA chief

Gerard ‘Jock’ Davison, who was shot dead earlier this week
Gerard ‘Jock’ Davison, who was shot dead earlier this week

Deborah McAleese

A suspect in the murder of ex-IRA commander Gerard 'Jock' Davison remained in police custody last night.

Police are probing a number of possible motives for the gangland shooting in a south Belfast street earlier this week.

The 27-year-old man was still being quizzed by officers last night, more than 24 hours after his arrest in Belfast on Wednesday.

He was the second person to be arrested in connection with the murder of the former IRA commander.

A 41-year-old man arrested on Wednesday was released unconditionally a few hours later.

Davison was shot dead as he walked to work in the Markets area of the city on Tuesday morning.

The 47-year-old community worker was ambushed just after leaving the corner shop where he called each morning to buy a paper.

It is believed a lone gunman emerged from an entry and shot him several times in the head and chest before making off on foot.

One theory is that Davison was murdered because of his anti-drugs stance.

However, security sources in Belfast have also noted that it had the hallmarks of a professional killing, despite the PSNI denying dissident republican involvement.

Police have been carrying out door-to-door enquiries in a bid to gather information about the murder.

However, it is understood witnesses have been reluctant to come forward.

Davison was previously accused of ordering the murder of Belfast man Robert McCartney, who was stabbed to death following an altercation with a number of IRA men in a city centre bar.

Davison was questioned by police about the killing but was released without charge.

Yesterday, Mr McCartney's sisters told how their campaign for justice has now ended after Davison's murder.

"We wanted Jock to face justice in a courtroom, not down the barrel of a gun. But the type of justice we hoped for has eluded us. We will never see Jock standing in the dock now," said Catherine McCartney.

Irish Independent

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