COPS IN NORTH MISSED VITAL CLUES IN DONEGAL MURDER INQUIRY – CLAIM

first_imgA BBC programme has aired claims that the PSNI missed clues in the hunt for the murderers of IRA informer Denis Donaldson, shot dead in Co Donegal five years ago.Former northern Police Ombudsman official Sam Pollock said he was unhappy with the approach taken in controversial cases involving informers.He has spoken exclusively to the BBC Northern Ireland Spotlight programme. Mr Pollock was chief executive of the office of the Police Ombudsman for more than 10 years.The programme has also uncovered failings in a number of investigations by the ombudsman, including a complaint from the family of murdered republican informer Denis Donaldson.Mr Pollock announced his resignation in March, claiming the independence of the office has been lowered.He told the Spotlight programme why he felt he had to leave his job. “I sensed in the end a dilemma or a conflict in terms of dealing with the whole issue of informants, said Mr Pollock.“To speak about the involvement of an informant either directly or indirectly in murder, the loss of life, some atrocities, you cannot fudge that.”Al Hutchison has said he will step down as Police Ombudsman next June.The programme also reveals details of a complaint to the ombudsman by the family of self-confessed republican informer Donaldson, who was shot dead at this remote cottage in Donegal in April 2006.But the ombudsman declared the case closed last year with a finding of ‘no misconduct’ by the police. Spotlight has established that investigators were not aware of a potentially vital piece of information that may shed light on what happened in Donegal.However, the ombudsman rejected claims that his office has gone soft on the police.“I can assure everybody that we do deliver independent, impartial, evidence based reports,” said Mr Hutchison.“And whether that is perceived by the public or is not is certainly a matter of debate.” Mr Donaldson was shot dead by the Real IRA at a family cottage near Doochary in 2006.COPS IN NORTH MISSED VITAL CLUES IN DONEGAL MURDER INQUIRY – CLAIM was last modified: October 19th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Denis DonaldsonDoocharylast_img

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