Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Family of shot teen raise new questions

New queries from the family of a teenager shot dead in north Belfast are being dealt with by the Police Ombudsman, a coroner has heard.

Gerard Lawlor (19) was gunned down by the UDA as he walked along Floral Road, north Belfast, in July 2002.

William Johnston, acting deputy senior investigating officer at Ombudsman Al Hutchinson's office, said they had met the Lawlor family last September.

Earlier they had given lawyers for the Lawlor family a copy of the report addressing complaints made against police in 2006.

Mr Johnston said Ombudsman staff told the family they were going to consider some of the fresh queries which they raised.

Senior coroner John Leckey said: "The family might never be satisfied with the outcome and therefore there has to be finality."

Police lawyer Ken Boyd said the PSNI sought a prior copy of the report in 2010 but had no evidence that it was done.

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