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Pair held over killing of informer Eamon Collins are freed

By Claire Williamson

Two men arrested in connection with the murder of a former IRA man 15 years ago have been freed.

Eamon Collins (45) was beaten and stabbed to death in January 1999 in Newry, Co Down.

The two men, aged 42 and 55, were arrested at separate address in Newry on Thursday but released unconditionally yesterday.

Mr Collins, who lived in a republican area at the time of his death, was an IRA member before becoming an informer.

He was attacked while out walking his dogs in the Dorans Hill area of Newry on a country road a short distance from his home.

In January this year police said they had DNA obtained from the murder scene.

The former terrorist was arrested in 1985 and charged with 50 offences, including five murders and membership of the IRA.

After his arrest he turned supergrass and said he was prepared to give evidence against his former colleagues.

Many suspects were arrested, but most were released after Mr Collins changed his mind. Eventually, a judge dismissed his alleged confessions and he was freed.

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