Woman released over McConville murder

Published Wednesday, 16 April 2014
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A woman who was arrested in Belfast in connection with the 1972 abduction and murder of widow and mother-of-10 Jean McConville has been released.

Woman released over McConville murder
Jean McConville, who disappeared in 1972, pictured with three of her children. (© Pacemaker)

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.

On Wednesday morning, detectives from Serious Crime Branch detained a 57-year-old woman in west Belfast.

After being questioned at Antrim police station, she was released pending a report to the PPS.

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7 Comments
Not in My name wrote (248 days ago):
Its about time the IRA gave details on where the rest of the "disappeared" are. Poor families. Someone has to know. Send a letter with the details and no one needs to know who u are.
Sam1690 in Ballysillan wrote (248 days ago):
If you all cast your mind back to the bomb that detonated in the Cathedral Quarter before Christmas, the police didn't release the images of the bomber because they suspected he was a minor, so the IRA using child 'soldiers' is nothing new. When you consider that the IRA abducted and murdered a widowed mother of 10, the age of some of the offenders shouldn't shock people either. Anyone who played any role no matter how small, was part of a joint enterprise.
JOANNE in CO. ANTRIM wrote (248 days ago):
I agree with what Declan has said and has anyone else noticed it seems to be a Wednesday these arrests take place for some reason. It was last Wednesday when another woman the same age was arrested but later released due to a pending report
Lynne in South Down wrote (248 days ago):
People aged 14 or 15 are quite capable of committing crimes. I do believe the recognised age limit for committing offences is 10 years old for prosecution. The police cannot be held resposible for the age of offenders no matter how much is blamed on them.
l in belfast wrote (248 days ago):
age should not matter. old enough to do the crime old enough to do the time 10 kids had to grow up without their mother so sad
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