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Old police documents recovered for inquest of young Catholic postal worker shot dead by UDA in 2002

By Joanne Sweeney

Published 19/08/2015

Shot: Daniel McColgan
Shot: Daniel McColgan

Police documents relating to the murder investigation of 20-year-old Catholic postal worker Danny McColgan have been retrieved from either obsolete or replaced computer systems, an inquest has heard.

The father-of-one was gunned down by a UDA gang as he arrived for work on the morning of January 12, 2002, at the postal sorting office in the loyalist Rathcoole estate.

He was shot up to 10 times by gunmen wearing dark clothing and who had their faces covered, who then ran off towards a waiting car after the shooting.

He died later at the Mater Hospital in Belfast.

UDA leader John Gregg tried to justify his murder by saying he was involved in rioting at an interface.

The 90 pages of information, which is understood to include information on the weapons used in the 2002 killing in north Belfast, will be redacted and presented as evidence at the inquest at the end of September.

The murder investigation notes were previously not available in their entirety as evidence to the inquest and had been requested by Mr McColgan's family.

The inquest into the killing 13 years ago was adjourned until then to allow for the information to be prepared.

Coroner James Leckey also heard that there was a need to have an application for screening and anonymity so that a work witness could give evidence.

The inquest started in December 2014 but has been adjourned several times since then.

The final witness evidence will come from retired senior police investigating officer Roy Suitters.

No one has ever been convicted of the murder.

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