Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 4 August 2015

Anonymity requests in shooting inquest

Published 15/12/2010 | 02:38

An inquest into the death of the first man killed by the PSNI has got under way.

Neil McConville (21) was shot three times as he tried to escape police in a car near Lisburn in April 2003.

The preliminary hearing at Belfast Coroner’s Court heard on Tuesday that 13 out of 30 witnesses will apply for anonymity before the full inquiry takes place.

Counsel for the family, Karen Quinlivan, asked for all documents from the Police Ombudsman’s investigation to be disclosed to relatives.

The Ombudsman found in October 2007 that the officer who shot Mr McConville was justified in opening fire. Ms Quinlivan said it would be “blatantly unfair” if the dead man’s family were not given the opportunity to see this documentation, saying the delay had breached their human rights.

Coroner Suzanne Anderson said she needed time to consider the case and would give more detail early next year.

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