Belfast Telegraph

Monday 20 October 2014

Man is arrested over 2009 murder

An arrest has been made four years after a man was murdered in his Londonderry home by two masked gunmen.

James McConnell (38) was shot four times after the two men entered his Woodland Avenue home in the early hours of February 11, 2009. He later died in hospital.

A 48-year-old man was arrested in Dungiven yesterday by investigating detectives and was taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim police station for questioning.

The man is also being questioned about the firing of a gun in a house in the village of Feeney, Co Derry, in 2004, and the police are conducting two searches in Dungiven.

The shooting of Mr McConnell, who was known as Jim, had been claimed by the INLA. In 2010, two men – a 42-year-old and a 44-year-old – were arrested in connection with the murder but were later released.

Mr McConnell, who was shot four times in the body, was on probation at the time of his murder after a spell in prison for a 2007 drugs-related offence.

In October 2008, just months before his murder, Mr McConnell was approached by police who were concerned about his safety.

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