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Top PSNI officer Drew Harris may be called to inquest into loyalist murder of Roseann Mallon

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

The PSNI Deputy Chief Constable could be called to give evidence at the inquest of a pensioner killed by loyalists, a Coroner's Court has been told.

Drew Harris may be summoned to explain the purpose of "legacy information seminars" when the stalled inquest examining the death of Roseann Mallon resumes next January, High Court Judge Mr Justice Weir said.

Ms Mallon (76) was gunned down by the UVF near Dungannon, Co Tyrone, in 1994. Afterwards, Army spying equipment was found nearby sparking claims of security force collusion.

Mr Harris previously told the Policing Board he had attended two of the meetings, chairing one. He insisted they were "positive", aiming to encourage former officers to engage in legacy matters, including coroners' inquests.

The senior officer is expected to be quizzed in Belfast High Court later this month at a hearing probing the deaths of six men killed in alleged shoot-to-kill incidents during the 1980s.

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