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Robert Hamill murder: 17 years on, £30m spent yet killers still on loose

By Chris Kilpatrick

Seventeen years on, the family of a young Catholic father-of-three still await justice for his murder.

Robert Hamill was walking home from a night out when he was set on by a loyalist gang in Portadown, Co Armagh, in 1997.

Eleven days after the brutal attack, Mr Hamill died in hospital.

It was alleged police officers inside a vehicle nearby failed to intervene to help the stricken 25-year-old.

There was also criticism of the subsequent investigation into the murder. All of the officers involved denied any wrongdoing.

Six people were arrested in relation to Mr Hamill's death.

Charges against five of the accused were dropped and the sixth person acquitted following a trial.

More than £30m has been spent on a public inquiry into his death.

It was launched on the back of the allegations of police failures.

Mr Hamill's murder was one of four cases examined by retired Canadian judge Peter Cory following claims of security force collusion in the killings.

The publication of the Hamill report has been repeatedly delayed.

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