Belfast Telegraph

Prosecutors to ponder charges against man held over prison officer's murder

A 40-year-old man arrested by detectives investigating the dissident republican murder of a prison officer in Northern Ireland is to be reported to prosecutors.

Adrian Ismay, a married father-of-three, died last March, 11 days after suffering serious leg injuries when a bomb exploded underneath his van in east Belfast.

A dissident republican group calling itself the New IRA, which opposes the Northern Ireland peace process, claimed to have carried out the attack on the long-serving officer.

The suspect was arrested on Monday morning. He was later released pending a police file being sent to the Public Prosecution Service. The PPS will assess whether a prosecution should be taken against him.

Mr Ismay was released from hospital after the blast on March 4 and had reportedly been making good progress, but he died unexpectedly less than two weeks later when a blood clot triggered a heart attack.

The results of a post-mortem examination led detectives to open a murder investigation.

One man has already been charged with murder.

Mr Ismay worked at Hydebank Wood Young Offenders Centre in south Belfast, where he trained new recruits to the Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS).

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