Belfast Telegraph

Friday 24 October 2014

Information over death of Bangor man ‘would have been given by now’

A community worker from Kilcooley estate in Bangor has said he doesn’t expect any information to be forthcoming into the murder of a local man three years ago.

Mark Christie, 36, a suspected drug dealer, was attacked with a machete three years ago in the town by a gang of men believed to be linked to the UDA.

His mother, Rosalie Christie, 69, has offered her life savings of £20,000 as a reward to help catch the people behind the death of her son.

But Jim Rea, chairman Kilcooley Community Forum, said if information was going to be given to police “it would have come out a long time ago”.

Despite the alleged misdemeanours of Mr Christie, Mr Rea said he “understood, as a parent” why Mrs Christie was offering a reward.

The CT attempted to contact Mrs Christie but a spokesman at the PSNI said she would not be giving any interview requests beyond the recent media facility where the reward was announced.

Last week, Mrs Christie said she was unaware of her son's alleged links to the drugs trade and was shocked when it was raised in media reports after his murder.

“I have heard all the stories about Mark and what he was supposed to be involved in,” she said.

“When all is said and done, Mark was my son. No-one deserves to die the way he did and the people who did this to him deserve to be put away.”

Police said Mark Christie was in a house at Millisle Gardens when he was confronted by a number of men who chased him into Owenroe Drive in the Kilcooley estate at around 11.30pm on August 22, 2006. The gang attacked him with a number of weapons, believed to have included a machete.

Detective Chief Inspector Glenn Wright said of the reward offer: “This is an unusual step and Mrs Christie is taking a brave stand.

“The individuals who attacked Mark did so to satisfy their own selfish agenda and nothing else. Nothing could justify this cold-blooded and vicious killing.

“The community would be a much safer place if those responsible were behind bars.”

He appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Police said they could not confirm if any calls have been made to police following Mrs Christie’s appeal as it was an ongoing investigation.

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