Detectives 'know' Kerr bomb maker

Published Wednesday, 15 January 2014
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Detectives investigating the dissident republican killing of PSNI Constable Ronan Kerr believe they know the identity of the bomb maker and the man who was the "driving force" behind the murder.

Detectives 'know' Kerr bomb maker
Constable Ronan Kerr, who was killed in 2011. (© PA)

Constable Kerr died when an under-car bomb exploded outside his home in Omagh, Co Tyrone, as he prepared to drive in work in April 2011.

Despite numerous arrests in the case, no charges have yet been brought.

But, as UTV's Mark McFadden reports, police do believe that major steps forward have been taken in their investigation.

"They've discovered a network of dissident republicans in and around Omagh - in Coalisland, in Toomebridge, even across the border in Monaghan," Mark McFadden said.

"They're all reporting back to a central dissident command in Belfast."

Regarding the man who actually made the device used in the murder of Constable Kerr, it is understood that detectives believe they know his identity and that he is living in the Republic.

Police are determined to get it right.

Mark McFadden, UTV

Criminal gangs are said to be 'helping' dissident republicans, by stealing cars to be used in gun and bomb attacks and by providing weapons or even money.

For example, the magnets used to attach the bomb to the underside of Constable Kerr's car were taken from a stolen taxi sign.

Police believe that they are slowly, but painstakingly building a detailed picture of the operation responsible for the murder of one of their colleagues.

"Detectives are going to move carefully and deliberately," Mark said.

"They're determined to get it right."

The details regarding the case come as an Omagh man was jailed for 10 years over a haul of weapons, explosives and ammunition discovered by the detectives investigating the murder.

Gavin Coyle, 36 and from the Culmore Park in the Co Tyrone town, admitted membership of an organisation calling itself the 'New IRA'.

He was linked to the arms find by DNA evidence and by explosives residue on his clothes.

© UTV News
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8 Comments
Eamonn in Belfast wrote (195 days ago):
Sean although this policemans death does repulse me i do agree with you.
Hopeful in Belfast wrote (196 days ago):
Sean from C/derg seems to be a right bigot, i could mention a lot of crimes against innocent protestants, Kingsmills being one but we have to move on and forget the past or we'll never make it, think of our children
Get the dissident bomb maker in Bangor wrote (197 days ago):
I sincerely hope they get the dissident responsible for Ronan Kerr's death and put them away for a very long time - maybe his family will then get some kind of closure.
Sam1690 in Ballysillan wrote (197 days ago):
Sean this article is about current terrorist activities. Your comment would be better suited to the article regarding the HET. Unless of course you are attempting to deflect attention from the current terrorist activities of republicans?
Richard in Co Antrim wrote (197 days ago):
@Sean - Get a life
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