Family to sue PSNI over spoilt evidence

Published Thursday, 15 May 2014
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The family of a teenager murdered 20 years ago are to sue the police chief constable over the RUC's destruction of vital evidence in the case.

Gavin McShane and his friend Shane McArdle were murdered by the UVF in a sectarian gun attack in Armagh in 1994.

Seventeen-year-old Gavin was playing a video game in a taxi depot in Armagh when he was gunned down.

No one has ever been brought to justice for killing the two schoolboys.

The family, ahead of the anniversary of the killing on Sunday, have told UTV they are taking a civil action against PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott over the destruction of the evidence.

Items including clothing that Gavin was wearing at the time of his death were incinerated.

Gavin's mother Maria told UTV: "Evidence was destroyed, but ballistics have moved on.

"Recently a case was won on the evidence from a butt of a cigarette that was held and that put someone behind bars.

"Simple things like that, forensics have moved on so much, there could have been something on Gavin's clothes."

She added: "The police promised me that they would leave no stone unturned, that they would get who murdered my Gavin and I believed them.

"A man, with no mask on, walked across the street, put a gun to my child's head and away he went.

"The police know who it was."

Maria says she is determined to get those responsible to pay for the crimes they committed.

She added: "I'll keep trying, I am not going to stop, I will be a thorn in their side and I am coming to get you.

"I will put that boy behind bars."

The family are also asking the Police Ombudsman to investigate the RUC's handling of the investigation.

The PSNI has not commented on the case.

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H.Campbell in UK wrote (76 days ago):
Amazing how many times vital evidence is inadvertently destroyed. As an old cynic who does not buy into coincidence this is another disgraceful episode in what is called NI Policing. Methinks too many ex RUC officers still on the premises.
Michael in Templepatrick wrote (76 days ago):
Collusion was not an illusion. RUC : one of the most corrupt police forces in history.
M.B. in Belfast wrote (76 days ago):
These were another two dreadful, sectarian murders and once again it's the families who carry the burden and heartache on their own. Not long ago it was the Kingsmill massacre and the Hyde Park bomb, last week it was the Ballymurphy massacre and the La Mon bomb and this week we are reminded of these killings and the Dublin/Monaghan bombs. UNLESS we have some agreed way to confront all of this the past is going to destroy any future for this place. The sight of Gavin's mother is heartbreaking and every time a grieving relative reminds us of this horror and our failure to deal with it we are going to retreat in our bunkers once again and so this will be repeated until we are all back at square one. EVERY side was responsible for the Troubles and indirectly all of us living here are guilty of providing the grounds for it through our petty bigotry and sectarian attitudes. However there are those still in complete denial about this and who don't seem to want to move on; they sit in their own wee bitter corner pointing the finger and blaming everyone else but themselves. They are the ones perpetuating the conflict.
Sean in Uk wrote (76 days ago):
COLLUSION
Boru in Ireland wrote (76 days ago):
Gavin McShane and his friend Shane McArdle were murdered by the UVF in a racist('sectarian') gun attack in Armagh in 1994.
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