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Kielty killer fails in appeal attempt

By Martin Breen

A LOYALIST convicted for the murder of comic Patrick Kielty's father has had his case rejected for appeal, it emerged today.

A LOYALIST convicted for the murder of comic Patrick Kielty's father has had his case rejected for appeal, it emerged today.

The Criminal Cases Review Commission has given a definitive ruling that William Bell's case should not be referred back to the Court of Appeal.

The decision by the body set up to examine alleged miscarriages of justice comes just weeks after a provisional decision also rejected grounds for an appeal.

However solicitors for the 40-year-old, who was imprisoned 10 years ago for Jack Kielty's killing, had come forward and raised new points in recent weeks.

He was found guilty of driving the car used to take the gunmen to and from the scene of the murder.

The leading GAA official and businessman was sitting at a desk in his builders yard at Dundrum in January 1988 when two masked men shot him dead.

Bell walked free from the Maze last October under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. The bricklayer, from Kilkeel, has always maintained his innocence.

The Committee on the Administration of Justice, which has been highlighting his case for five years, last year said there were crucial new witnesses involved who could prove Bell's innocence.

The Commission confirmed its final ruling was to not refer the case back to the Court of Appeal. The Committee on the Administration of Justice today declined to comment on the outcome of the investigation.

Two others, Delbert Watson and David Curlett, were also imprisoned for the murder.

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