Belfast Telegraph

Man freed after 1976 murder quiz

A man arrested by detectives investigating the murder of a father of two in a random sectarian attack almost 40 years ago has been released pending a report to prosecutors.

Paul McNally, 26, was gunned down by a gang as he left a bookmaker's shop in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast in June 1976.

Police reopened the murder investigation after receiving new information.

The 55-year-old arrested man was detained on Monday.

Mr McNally, a plumber, who was married with a four-year-old daughter and five-month-old son, suffered serious injuries and died in hospital two days after the shooting.

He was among a group of men who were targeted by two gunmen as they walked out of Sean Graham's bookmaker's at the junction of Brompton Park and Crumlin Road.

A passing Army patrol opened fire as the gunmen fled the scene. The gang escaped in a yellow Ford Cortina which had been hijacked in the Shankill Road area a few minutes before the attack. The getaway car was later recovered in the same area.

Police said their inquiries into the murder are continuing.

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