Arrest made in 1976 sectarian murder

Published Monday, 07 April 2014
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A man has been arrested by police investigating the sectarian murder of a north Belfast builder over 38 years ago.

Arrest made in 1976 sectarian murder
A man has been arrested in the police investigation. (© UTV)

John McCready was shot on the Cavehill Road on 27 January 1976.

The 58-year-old Protestant man was shot six times by one of three men as he walked home from a nearby club.

He had earlier declined a lift, saying it would only take him a few minutes to walk home.

He died in hospital 10 days later on 6 February.

At the time police said the attack appeared to be a random sectarian murder, adding that the victim may have been asked his religion before he was shot.

Detectives from the PSNI's Serious Crime Branch investigating the murder of the building contractor arrested a 56-year-old man on Monday.

He has been taken to Antrim Serious Crime Suite for questioning.

© UTV News
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