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Provo victim's brother in fresh plea for information 23 years on

By Rebecca Black

Published 23/04/2016

The brother of a Tyrone man who was killed by the IRA has pleaded for answers ahead of the 23rd anniversary of the brutal murder
The brother of a Tyrone man who was killed by the IRA has pleaded for answers ahead of the 23rd anniversary of the brutal murder

The brother of a Tyrone man who was killed by the IRA has pleaded for answers ahead of the 23rd anniversary of the brutal murder.

Pomeroy man David Martin (33) died on April 25, 1993, after a booby-trap bomb exploded underneath his car.

The father-of-three was driving along Flo Road in the Kildress area - a short distance from Pomeroy - at around 7.15am when the device detonated, fatally injuring him.

Local people tried their best to help at the scene but they were unable to save him.

David's brother Philip said that in the years since the callous killing the Martin family had heard nothing about the perpetrators.

He called for anyone with information about the murder to come forward to help officers working with the PSNI's Legacy Investigation Branch.

"It has been 23 years since David was murdered and still there have been no answers all this time," Philip said.

"I would appeal to anyone who knows anything, or was in the area at the time, to come forward and help the Legacy Investigation Branch." David is survived by his wife Hilda, two daughters and a son.

In an interview given at the time of her husband's murder Mrs Martin appealed for no retaliation.

David was a former member of the UDR.

But he had left approximately a year before he was targeted by the Provos.

The IRA claimed that he had associations with loyalist paramilitary groups.

This was firmly refuted by his family and local churcmen.

Mrs Martin said in 1993 she believed he was singled out for sectarian reasons.

"We believe he was targeted simply because he was a hard-working Protestant who had hoped to build a good and successful future for his family in this area," she added.

The then Church of Ireland, Archbishop Robin Eames also indicated his belief that the killing of Mr Martin was purely sectarian in nature.

"There is no doubt that clergy believe there is a definite sectarian element to the IRA campaign in certain areas," he said in the aftermath of the murder.

The Presbyterian minister in Pomeroy at the time, the Rev William Bingham, described the IRA claims as lies and added: "I have talked to the family and they have said that no way was David involved in UVF activity. The family are numbed, devastated and outraged."

Anyone with information on the case can contact the investigation team on 028 9258 9258.

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