New examination of mum's brutal murder

Published Wednesday, 30 July 2014
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Police are carrying out a new examination of the murder of a young mother of two who was murdered by loyalist paramilitaries almost 30 years ago after a leading pathologist identified potential evidence missed in the initial investigation.

Lorraine McCausland was stripped of her clothing, beaten and dumped in a stream in the Ballysillan area of north Belfast in March 1987.

The 22-year-old had been returning home for a night out in a loyalist drinking den before she was attacked.

A leading figure in the UDA was considered the chief suspect in the brutal killing.

The Historical Enquiries Team, following an investigation, said that suspect was recruited weeks later by the police as an informer, however, it could not prove collusion was a factor in the incident.

The Police Ombudsman is investigating claims the police could have done more to bring those responsible for the killing to justice.

They didn't just murder Lorraine, they destroyed a family, her two boys, her brothers and sisters. It changed life completely.

Cathy McIlvenny

Earlier this year a leading UK pathologist - who has worked on some of the most notorious deaths including the killing of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko and the murders in Soham of children Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman - has said vital clues were missed in the investigation.

Dr Nat Cary also helped secure the conviction of serial killer Robert Black for the murder of Co Antrim schoolgirl Jennifer Cardy back in 1981.

He was asked by Lorraine's family to review the murder and found that she may have been raped by her killer and that evidence could still exist to help track those responsible.

His report has been handed to the PSNI, which has said it is carrying out a new examination of the murder and considering new material.

Lorraine's sister, Cathy McIlvenny told UTV: "It's hard knowing who was responsible and being able to do nothing about it.

"But I think if we can get a day in court and justice, we as a family can move on.

"For the first time in 26 years I have been able to finally say to Lorraine, your day is coming."

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10 Comments
John in crumlin wrote (91 days ago):
Ken in dundonald I would hope not especially if it's found she was subject to a brutal rape before her untimely death
ali in belfast wrote (92 days ago):
Cathy, really hope the family get justice for lorraine.Ofter think about her and the terrible death she had.Your mum and dad would be so proud of you,hopefully the scumbags will soon be behind bars, people support you 100%.
Ger in Lurgan wrote (92 days ago):
You would hope in the light of new evidence that the psni might be able to catch and convict the killers for the murder of a completely innocent woman. However once again it demonstates that the ruc, as in many cases, were far from thorough in their initial investigation. I myself am not so certain as while the psni may have changed their name, they have not changed their ethos.
justice... in belfast wrote (92 days ago):
Lets hope this tout cant be protected any longer and this family gets justice. as jim says the dogs in The street know who done this disgrace its taken so long.
jean in Belfast wrote (93 days ago):
I think its a disgrace how long Its took for something to done. Long runs the fox. Hope they get what they deserve!
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