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Fresh appeal on anniversary of dissident Kieran Doherty’s death

By David Young

Detectives investigating the murder of a dissident republican killed by paramilitary associates have made a fresh appeal for help in catching the killers.

Kieran Doherty (31) was shot dead and left on the outskirts of Londonderry near the Irish border four years ago today. The Real IRA claimed responsibility.

Doherty, a former paramilitary prisoner, was found dead on the Braehead Road. He had been stripped and shot in the head.

No one has ever been charged with the murder, despite three arrests.

Detectives said they still needed assistance and information from the community to make progress in the investigation.

A spokesman for the PSNI's Serious Crime Branch, said: “This investigation remains open four years after this horrific murder. The investigation would make more progress if those individuals who know what happened to Kieran, and who killed him, would talk to us.”

The victim had been in his family home at Coshowen in Derry until about 8pm on February 24, 2010, when he went out.

The next sighting of him was when a passer-by found his body on Braehead Road at 10.40pm.

The PSNI spokesman added: “We want to speak to anyone who was on that road any time from 8pm that evening and saw anything suspicious or who knows of Kieran's movements after he left his home.

“There has been speculation about Kieran's death but police need evidence to bring charges and get justice for Kieran and his family. Information from the community, not speculation, will help police to build an evidential case.”

Police said anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at Maydown on 0845 600 8000 or anonymously on Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Background

The naked and bound body of 31-year-old Kieran Doherty was found on Braehead Road. He was shot twice in the head by the Real IRA who claimed he was killed for being involved in drugs, which his family have always vehemently refuted. His family had claimed Mr Doherty was being harassed to be an informer.

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