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PSNI investigating online abuse sent to Sinn Fein's John Finucane that 'mock and support his father's murder'

Police are investigating abusive tweets sent to Sinn Fein's North Belfast candidate John Finucane which "mock and show open support" for the murder of his father.

Mr Finucane's solicitor father Pat was murdered by loyalist paramilitaries in one of the most infamous cases of the Troubles.

Mr Finucane, who witnessed his father being shot dead in the family home in 1989, said one of the tweets expressed regret he was not killed as well.

Mr Finucane met with senior police on Saturday.

He said: "These tweets were vile, offensive and warranted police attention.

"On Saturday I met with senior police at a station in Belfast. They agreed with me that the offending tweets encompassed various criminal acts and pledged to conduct a thorough investigation.

"I look forward to assisting police in their enquiries and I trust they will use all powers at their disposal.

"It is important to remember that social media use should never under any circumstances cross into criminality, and when it does so, the appropriate response must follow."

The PSNI said: "Police received a report of a malicious communication on a social media platform and are investigating."

Pat Finucane, 38, who represented a number of high-profile republicans, was shot by loyalists in front of his wife and three children at their north Belfast home.

The killing is shrouded in controversy amid allegations the security forces colluded with the gunmen from the outlawed Ulster Defence Association (UDA).

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