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No new evidence in UVF murder of Roseann Mallon murder

By David Young

A cold case review of more than 20 loyalist attacks during the Troubles has failed to unearth any fresh evidence that could potentially identify the killers of a Co Tyrone pensioner, a court has heard.

An inquest into the UVF murder of Roseann Mallon in 1994 was adjourned last year to allow the Historical Enquiries Team to examine 17 murders and seven attempted murders in east Tyrone between 1988 and 1994.

Lawyer for the PSNI Dennis Rooney told judge Mr Justice Weir forensic and other evidential exhibits had not produced new evidence regarding Ms Mallon's shooting near Dungannon.

Mr Rooney said police were seeking one witness in relation to one of the other cases but had indicated it was unlikely that he would provide evidence relevant to the Mallon case. Judge Weir queried how police could say that.

"A police interview is like a woolly jumper. You get a loose thread and tug at it and before you know you might have a long length of wool and it can pertain to matters they didn't think they would be dealing with," he said.

Ms Mallon (76) was gunned down as she watched television at a relative's house on May 8, 1994.

In the wake of the shooting Army spying equipment was found in a nearby field, sparking claims of security force collusion.

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