Man charged in McConville murder case

Published Friday, 21 March 2014
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A 77-year-old man has been charged in connection with the 1972 abduction and murder of widow and mother-of-10 Jean McConville.

Man charged in McConville murder case
Jean McConville, who disappeared in 1972, pictured with three of her children. (© Pacemaker)

The man, understood to be a veteran republican, is accused of aiding and abetting murder and membership of the IRA.

He was arrested on Tuesday in west Belfast by detectives from the PSNI's Serious Crime Branch.

On Thursday a court granted police until Friday night to question the man.

He is due to appear before Belfast Magistrates' Court on Saturday.

Mrs McConville was kidnapped from her flat in the Divis area of west Belfast in December 1972 and shot by the IRA.

The 37-year-old's body was not recovered until years later, when it when it was found on a beach in Co Louth in August 2003.

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9 Comments
JonnyH in Belfast wrote (252 days ago):
this is one of the most saddest stories of the troubles. it just shows you what the IRA do to their own. Don't know why people praise them when they're just scum. hope the family get justice, something this country is lacking atm. rip <3
Billy in East Belfast wrote (252 days ago):
I hope that Jean McConville family get some answers and I hope that they get the scum that done this to the McConville family
Rab in Beyond the law! wrote (252 days ago):
Who gave the order!
Sam in Ulster wrote (252 days ago):
Hope he doesnt have a magic letter
Moira in Moira wrote (252 days ago):
Its good to hear that those responsible are being brought to justice , every terrorist , republician or loyalist should worry the next time there is a knock on their door , the next arrest might be them!
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