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Man arrested in Jim Donegan school gates murder probe released

 

Victim Jim Donegan
Victim Jim Donegan
Mr Donegan was shot outside a school in Belfast
Jim Donegan
CCTV footage of the suspected gunman behind the murder of Jim Donegan (PSNI/PA)

A 33-year-old man arrested in connection with the murder of Jim Donegan outside a school in Belfast has been released unconditionally.

Mr Donegan, 43, was shot dead as he waited to collect his 13-year-old son from St Mary’s Christian Brothers Grammar School in west Belfast in December.

The man was arrested on Tuesday morning under the Terrorism Act, which requires suspects to be either charged, released pending a report to the PPS or released unconditionally.

In the wake of his murder, police said that Mr Donegan had a "number of enemies" and was known to them.

Also known as JD, he lived in the Lisburn area with his family.

CCTV footage, released by police, shows his killer emerge from Clonelly Drive as he walked towards his target at around 3.10pm.

Detectives said the same killer had been waiting for his victim at the scene five days earlier but Mr Donegan did not pick up his child that day.

An image of how the gunman may look (PSNI/PA)
An image of how the gunman may look (PSNI/PA)
Laura Donegan touches the coffin of her husband Jim Donegan
Laura Donegan touches the coffin of her husband Jim Donegan
Mourners follow the funeral cortege on the Falls Road
Mourners follow the funeral cortege on the Falls Road
Jim Donegan's funeral in west Belfast.
Jim Donegan's funeral in west Belfast.
Funeral for Jim Donegan at St John the Evangelist on the Falls Road, Belfast

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