Man released over 1993 murder

Published Thursday, 30 January 2014
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A 54-year-old man arrested by police investigating the 1993 murder of Joseph Reynolds in east Belfast has been released.

Man released over 1993 murder
Joseph Reynolds (left) and the scene of the shooting. (© PA/PSNI)

Mr Reynolds, from west Belfast, was travelling to work as a subcontractor painter at Shorts aircraft factory when his van was ambushed by gunmen at 8.25am on the morning of 12 October 1993.

The red Nissan van had stopped at a pedestrian crossing on Sydenham Road to allow two men to cross.

The two men, who were wearing blue boilersuits and flat caps, walked across the road at Fraser Street but when they drew level with the van they opened fire with a handgun and a rifle.

At the same time, another man in a stolen light blue Astra car, which had pulled up behind the van, also opened fire.

Although Mr Reynolds' workmates managed to get the van to the Shorts factory where medical assistance was provided, he was pronounced dead. Three of the seven other men in the van, four relatives and three workmates, were also injured.

The three gunmen ran off down Frazer Street, across the Sydenham By-pass to Ballymacarrett Road where they drove off in a dark blue Vauxhall Astra.

A number of arrests were made in the original police investigation but no one has ever been charged. In October 2013, Serious Crime Branch detectives re-opened the case after receiving new information.

On Thursday morning, police made a fresh arrest in east Belfast. The man was taken to Antrim Serious Crime Suite for questioning, but was released later that afternoon pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS).

© UTV News
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John in Newtownabbey wrote (364 days ago):
Would Larkin have the PSNI let the suspects go unchallenged? Well done PSNI. Making an effort at least. Larkin should be ashamed of himself.
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