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Fresh police appeal over father murdered in own living room

Police have issued a fresh appeal on the one-year anniversary of the killing of a west Belfast father-of-one.

Joe Reilly was shot dead at his own home in the Glenwood Court area of Poleglass on October 20, 2016.

Mr Reilly was shot twice in the chest in his living room while two other people were forced to lie in the kitchen and listen.

He was attended to by paramedics but died at the scene.

In a statement on Friday, the PSNI's Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery said the attack was "particularly brutal and callous" and that Mr Reilly's family were "still trying to come to terms with their grief, pain and loss".

"They deserve to see his killers brought to justice and pay for their heinous actions," he said.

"There is nothing that can justify or explain the senselessness of this attack. Everyone deserves to feel safe in their own home and yet his killers violated this. We believe Joe’s two killers fled out the front door of his home in Glenwood Court around 8pm and along Glenwood Drive into Laurelbank heading towards the Bell Steel Road.

"We need to know what happened next: did they get into a car or did they continue on foot along to the Bell Steel Road or cross the Pantridge Road into Colin Mill?"

He added that police were also seeking to establish how the killers had arrived at Mr Reilly's house, whether they had arrived on foot or been dropped off nearby.

So far information from the community has allowed police to establish that the killers were wearing half-zip hooded sports tops and skin-tight jogging bottoms, and that both had their faces covered. At least one had a Celtic scarf over his face and was wearing dark-rimmed glasses.

Anyone who may recognise this description has been asked to come forward.

DCI Montgomery added: “We believe the murder may be linked to illegal drugs and that the shooting may have been carried out by paramilitaries. They took the law into their own hands to deliver what amounts to a summary execution but they need to be put behind bars so that our community is a safer place.

“I would appeal to people not to be judgmental but instead remember that Joe was a son, a brother and was also a father. I would remind the community that there is still a handgun out there which may be used to kill or inflict harm on someone else if it is not taken off the streets.

“We are grateful for the support and information we have already received from the community, but there are people living locally who know exactly who was involved and we need to hear from them."

Anyone with any information about the murder can contact detectives on 101 quoting the reference 1172 with the date 20/10/2017.

Alternatively, members of the public can give information anonymously by contacting independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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