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Man held over death of teenager 20 years ago

The 49-year-old suspect was detained in the Coleraine area on Wednesday morning.

Jonathan Cairns (PSNI/PA)
Jonathan Cairns (PSNI/PA)

By David Young, PA

A man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a teenager 20 years ago in Co Londonderry.

Jonathan Cairns, 18, was killed in the early hours of April 25 1999 after being attacked on his way home from a night out in Ballykelly.

His body was found in a shallow grave in Loughermore Forest following a search.

The 49-year-old suspect was detained in the Coleraine area on Wednesday morning.

He was detained on suspicion of murder, withholding information and perverting the course of justice.

It is the fourth arrest related to the case in the last month.

In November, a 44-year-old woman arrested in Dungiven on suspicion of murder was released on bail pending further police inquiries.

Days later, two men aged 51 and 43 were arrested in Limavady and Ballykelly on suspicion of withholding information.

They were also subsequently released on police bail.

A man was previously jailed for helping to dispose of Mr Cairns’s body but no-one has ever been convicted of his murder.

In April, Mr Cairns’s family made a renewed appeal for information to mark the 20th anniversary of his death.

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