Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Call to revisit 1996 murder probe

A man who was arrested by police investigating a petrol bomb attack in which three children escaped injury has been released pending further inquiries

The family of a Catholic man stabbed to death in Northern Ireland in 1996 have urged police to revisit his murder investigation.

John Molloy, 18, was attacked by a group of men and women yards from his home off the Landsdowne Road in north Belfast.

On Sunday, the 18th anniversary of his death, his family dedicated a bench in the garden of the WAVE Trauma Centre to his memory and to all other young men and women like him who have had their lives taken needlessly throughout the Troubles.

His brother Stephen said: "I call on the chief constable to revisit the investigation into this murder and I would seek an assurance that it will be fresh, open and transparent.

"My family feel very let down by previous investigations and we don't want what happened to John simply to be swept under the Troubles carpet."

The killing is on the schedule of the Historical Enquiries Team of independent detectives, which is re-examining all deaths attributable to the conflict from 1968 to the time of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. Cases are being reviewed chronologically.

Mr Molloy said: "I am confident that there are people out there who know what happened to John or may have heard his murder discussed.

"I would say to them that it is never too late to do the right thing.

"I cannot stress enough the devastating impact the loss of John has had on my family."

WAVE is the largest group helping victims of the conflict.

Its chair, Professor Jean Orr, said: "People who say that we must simply draw a line under the past and move on should talk to the Molloy family and countless others like them across Northern Ireland and beyond.

"We cannot put the responsibility for dealing with the past onto victims and survivors.

"Any pious talk of a 'shared future' is meaningless until politicians get round a table to find a way to deal with the terrible legacy that John Molloy's family have to live with now and into the future."

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