Belfast Telegraph

Murderer fails in bid to overturn conviction

BY ALAN ERWIN

A loyalist jailed for murdering a Catholic teenager 40 years ago had a propensity to commit sectarian killings, the Court of Appeal held.

Setting out reasons for dismissing Bobby Rodgers' bid to overturn his conviction for the 1973 murder of Eileen Doherty, senior judges pointed to his shooting of a Catholic man 12 months later.

Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan ruled that a strong case had been established against him.

Ms Doherty (19) was shot dead after the taxi she was travelling in was hijacked by gunmen on the Annadale Embankment.

Rodgers (59), of Tierney Gardens, Belfast, was charged following a review of available evidence by the Historical Enquiries Team.

His palm prints were found on the taxi. He denied the murder but was convicted.

He received a life sentence with a 16-year tariff for her murder, but could still be freed in early 2015 under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

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