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Man charged over 1973 cafe murder

A 58-year-old man has been charged in connection with the murder of a cafe owner over 30 years ago.

The suspect was arrested yesterday over the shooting of Alfredo Fusco on February 3, 1973. He will appear before Belfast Magistrates Court on September 1.

Mr Fusco, a 58-year-old Catholic father-of-four, was shot dead when two gunmen opened fire in his fish and chip shop on Belfast’s York Road.

The man was taken to Antrim custody suite last night and a police spokesman said he was being questioned by detectives from the PSNI’s Historical Enquiries Team.

Mr Fusco died after two gunmen, one armed with a machinegun and the other with a revolver, entered his cafe premises on the afternoon of February 3, 1973. They pushed him into a back room and shot him through a closed door.

Mr Fusco, a prominent member of Belfast’s Italian community, died almost instantly.

At the time a police inspector described the ruthless killing as an “assassination” and dismissed claims that it could have been a botched robbery.

At an inquest into the killing one witness recalled how the man with the machinegun had followed Mr Fusco to the back storeroom, then returned, swapped weapons with the other man and went back to the storeroom and fired the handgun through the closed door.

Another man, Samuel Reynolds, who was in his late sixties, collapsed and died in a nearby newsagent’s shop after hearing the gunfire that killed Mr Fusco.

Belfast Telegraph