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Murdered Belfast man Jim Donegan had 'number of enemies' and was known to police

Jim Donegan
Jim Donegan

By Gareth Cross

Police have said that a man shot dead while waiting to pick up his son outside a west Belfast school had a "number of enemies".

Jim Donegan was shot dead outside St Mary's Grammar School and Christian Brothers School on the Glen Road on December 4, 2018.

Funeral for Jim Donegan at St John the Evangelist on the Falls Road, Belfast
Funeral for Jim Donegan at St John the Evangelist on the Falls Road, Belfast
Funeral for Jim Donegan at St John the Evangelist on the Falls Road, Belfast
Funeral for Jim Donegan at St John the Evangelist on the Falls Road, Belfast
Jim Donegan's funeral in west Belfast.
Jim Donegan's funeral in west Belfast.
Jim Donegan's funeral in west Belfast.

Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray has told the BBC that the murder weapon was a semi-automatic pistol.

He would not say if the gun was connected to any other murders as he didn't want to tip off those involved.

Detective Chief Superintendent Murray said that police had gathered information after examining bullet heads and cartridges discovered at the murder scene.

His comments come after retired Scotland Yard officer John Devitt raised questions about the PSNI investigation.

A number of colleagues who worked in the same industrial complex in Drumbo as the father-of-two expressed surprise that they had not been interviewed.

Detective Chief Superintendent Murray said that police visited the area "within hours" of Mr Donegan's murder, spoke with one member of staff and obtained CCTV footage.

"There are thousands of people in an enquiry, we cannot speak to them all, so we have to choose where we put our resources," he said.

"Our message is out there, if somebody had information elsewhere then they can pick up the phone and contact us and we will go to them."

EvoFit image of the man suspected of murdering Jim Donegan
EvoFit image of the man suspected of murdering Jim Donegan

He said that there were a number of people with a motive for Mr Donegan's murder.

"There are a number of different groups and people who may have had an adverse interest in Jim Donegan, who wanted to hurt him," Detective Chief Superintendent Murray said.

"They're all out there and they're all listening to every word I say and they're all trying to work out 'where are they, are they close, are they far, have they got the right people, have they not?'

"I'm sorry, we're not going to educate them in that matter."

Detective Chief Superintendent Murray said he did not want to discuss speculation that Mr Donegan was involved with drugs, but said that he was known to police.

"Mr Donegan was known to the police, but I'm not going to go into the details of how he was known to the police," he said.

Police at the scene where Jim Donegan was shot dead on the Glen Road in West Belfast in December.
Police at the scene where Jim Donegan was shot dead on the Glen Road in West Belfast in December.

"The direction that we are taking, the focus - the absolute ruthless focus - that we have in our lines of investigation are beginning to put a story together."

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