Man released in NI murder inquiry

Paul McNally, who was murdered in 1976.

Paul McNally, who was murdered in 1976.

Tue, Feb 5, 2013, 00:00

A 55-year-old man arrested yesterday as part of a renewed investigation into the murder of father-of-two Paul McNally in north Belfast in 1976 has been released from custody.

PSNI detectives arrested the man yesterday in connection with the murder of Mr McNally, a Catholic from north Belfast.

Mr McNally (26) and another local man were shot on June 5th, 1976, as they left Sean Graham’s bookmakers at the junction of Brompton Park and Crumlin Road in what police believe was a random sectarian attack.

Mr McNally died in hospital from his injuries four days later while the other man, although seriously injured, survived.

As the two men who carried out the shooting were running away from the scene, they were fired on by a passing British army patrol.

Det Chief Insp Justyn Galloway said yesterday police had reopened the investigation following the receipt of information and a number of preliminary inquiries.

“Much has changed over the past 36 years in many aspects of life, in terms of policing, politics, personal outlooks and relationships.

“I would ask those who have information about Paul’s murder to think about what they know, do the right thing and talk to police,” Det Chief Insp Galloway added.

The man arrested was released pending a report to the Publlic Prosecution Service. The PSNI said inquiries by detectives from Serious Crime Branch were continuing.