Sunday 21 July 2019

'We believe a number of people were involved' - Gardai appeal for information on 2008 murder

Andrew Burns. Picture Garda Press Office
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Gardai have renewed their appeal for information on the 2008 murder of Andrew Burns.

Mr Burns (27) was shot dead on a roadway close to Donnyloop Church, Castlefin, Co Donegal between 7.05pm and 7.15pm on February 12.

Tomorrow marks the 11th anniversary of his death and gardai are urging anyone with new information to come forward.

One person was convicted of his murder, but gardai believe a number of people - linked to violent dissident republican activity - were involved.

"An Garda Síochána are very grateful for all the witnesses that have come forward and made statements however An Garda Síochána urge anyone with any information to come forward, the investigation is open and it is never too late to come forward," a spokesman said.

"Any information received by An Garda Síochána will be treated in the strictest confidence.

"Please contact the incident room at Letterkenny Garda Station on 0035374 91 67100/0035374 91 67170, any Garda Station or use the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111."

Mr Burns was lured from his home in Strabane to the church in Donegal, where he was shot in the back and killed.

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 was pronounced dead at the scene.

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