Anniversary appeal over Belfast murder

Published Sunday, 30 March 2014
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One year on from the "ruthless" murder of a west Belfast man, police have released CCTV footage of his last moments before he was gunned down.

Kieran McManus was shot outside a Domino's pizza takeaway at the DC Enterprise Centre near the Kennedy Way in west Belfast on 30 March last year.

The 26-year-old was shot by a man who got out of a maroon-coloured Vauxhall Astra car at 11.20pm.

Despite the best efforts of ambulance crews at the scene, the father of one died in hospital a short time later.

The Astra car was later found abandoned and burnt out in Denewood Park off the Andersonstown Road.

In a renewed effort to appeal for the public's help, police have released footage of Kieran's last moments.

The footage shows Kieran in his pizza delivery uniform getting change at a garage shortly before he returns to his silver Volkswagen Passat car to the outlet at Kennedy Way where he was murdered.

Since the murder, police have interviewed over 100 witnesses, conducted a series of searches and made one arrest.

Police say there are a number of lines of inquiry and have not ruled out a possible dissident republican link.

On the first anniversary of the murder, detectives are asking the community for any information about the killing, particularly about the maroon Astra car, which they may have seen before or after the shooting.

I would ask the community to think about Kieran and his family and the needless pain they have suffered over the past year.

Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway

They are also keen to hear from anyone who saw any other vehicles in Denewood Park or in nearby St Meryl Park that Saturday night between 11pm and midnight.

Police are also anxious to speak to anyone who has any information that may assist the investigation into Kieran's murder.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway said: "One year on from this ruthless murder, the police investigation is continuing.

"Kieran worked as a pizza delivery driver, trying to earn a living for his family. This was a ruthless and reckless attack, given the number of people in the area at the time.

"I would ask everyone in this community to look at these CCTV images and think about the fact that a short time later, Kieran was dead.

"Those responsible for this ruthless murder will only be brought before the courts if people with information work with police.

"In the past year we have interviewed 107 civilian witnesses, conducted nine searches and made one arrest.

"We are ready and willing to progress this challenging investigation but we need people to work with us."

Anyone who can help police with their investigation should call 028 9180 1507.

Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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