Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Plea over son's murder: PSNI urged to revisit probe into 1996 killing of Catholic man John Molloy

John Molloy died after being attacked

The family of a Catholic man stabbed to death in north Belfast nearly two decades ago have urged police to revisit his murder investigation.

In 1996, John Molloy (18) was attacked by a group of men and women on the Lansdowne Road just yards from his Taunton Avenue home.

Yesterday on the 18th anniversary of his death, the Molloy 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.

John's brother Stephen, who was just 10 years old when his brother was killed, called on the PSNI chief constable to revisit the investigation into this murder in a "fresh, open and transparent" way.

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

"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."

He added: "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, 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.

In 2013 the unit was criticised by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and a halt was put on publishing new reports.

Last week, the current president of the Association of Chief Police Officers and former PSNI chief constable Sir Hugh Orde, who established the HET, said he sensed it was heading toward closure.

Professor Jean Orr, chair of the WAVE Trauma Centre, where John's mother Linda was an outreach worker, 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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