Arrest over 1976 sectarian murder

Published Monday, 04 February 2013
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A man has been arrested as part of a renewed investigation into a 1976 sectarian murder in north Belfast.

Arrest over 1976 sectarian murder
Police have renewed their investigations into the murder of Paul McNally. (© PSNI)

Paul McNally, a 26-year-old father of two, was shot as he left Sean Graham's bookmakers at the junction of Brompton Park and Crumlin Road.

He died in hospital two days later.

Police believe two gunmen opened fire in a random sectarian attack on a group of men, at around 2.40pm on 5 June, 1976.

Mr McNally and another man suffered serious injuries.

A 55-year-old man was arrested by officers from the PSNI Serious Crime Branch in Belfast on Monday, after the inquiry was re-opened when new information was received.

Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway said: "Much has changed over the past 36 years in many aspects of life, in terms of policing, politics, personal outlooks and relationships

"I would appeal to people who spoke with police at the time of the murder to make contact with the new investigation team. I would also ask those who may not have previously spoken to police to contact detectives investigating Paul McNally's murder."

Mr McNally, who worked as a plumber, was married and had a four-year-old daughter and a five-month-old son.

A passing army patrol opened fire on his killers as they fled the scene in a yellow Ford Cortina, which had been hijacked in the Shankill Road area before the attack.

The man who was arrested is being questioned by police in Antrim.

Mr Galloway continued: "I fully appreciate the challenges of renewing an investigation into events which took place more than 36 years ago but I believe there are people in the Ardoyne and elsewhere who can assist.

"I would ask those who have information about Paul's murder to think about what they know, do the right thing and talk to police."

© UTV News
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8 Comments
Eamo in Belfast wrote (623 days ago):
This time i agree with Tommy we all need to move on. Some people need closure before that happens but it will happen. During the troubles more nationalist were sentenced for their crimes. This is fact check the statistics that would be the reason for more nationalist murders being investigated now by the HET.
Ryan in Belfast wrote (624 days ago):
Disgraceful some of the comments on here by unionists. Remember, to arrest and convict someone for a crime, you need a thing called EVIDENCE. It seems that because theres no evidence to arrest republicans (well, thats my assumption, im obviously not apart of the inquiry team, so how would i know?) that loyalists want ANY person arrested and convicted, just as long as their republican. Them being innocent or gulity doesnt matter. Thats a disgusting attitude to have and it just shows that unionists are not prepared to take their fair share of the blame for the conflict.
hevs in belfast wrote (625 days ago):
Yet another sign of the imbalance of the policing of our country. How many provos have faced the scrutiny of the HET in comparison to the scores of loyalists who have been harassed by police who it seems only have justice for nationalists on their minds !!!!!
Boru in Ireland wrote (625 days ago):
"..two gunmen opened fire in a random racial attack on a group of men, at around 2.40pm on 5 June, 1976."
Tommy Atkins in London, England wrote (626 days ago):
Come on you sectarian posters! I have not seen any "What about,What about, and more what abouts yet. Now dont miss out on another opportunity to show the world your bigotry. Even n a murder investigation
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