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Police launch fresh appeal over the brutal gun murder of west Belfast man Joe Reilly one year on

By Staff Reporter

One year after the shooting dead of west Belfast man Joe Reilly, detectives have renewed their call for information about the savage murder.

Mr O'Reilly (43), a father-of-one, died on Thursday, October 20, 2016 after being shot at his home in Glenwood Court in Poleglass.

The officer leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery, said Mr O'Reilly's family were still suffering.

"We are continuing to carry out a thorough investigation into all of the circumstances surrounding Joe's cold-blooded murder," he said.

"It was a particularly brutal and callous attack during which Joe was shot twice in the chest in the living room of his own home while two other people in the house were forced to lie on the kitchen floor and listen.

"One year on, and Joe's family are 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.

"We believe Joe's two killers ran 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 Pantridge Road into Colin Mill?

"We are also interested in establishing how they arrived at Joe's house: did they walk there or were they dropped off from a vehicle nearby?

"Information from the community has enabled us to identify the type of clothing the killers were wearing - half-zip hooded sports tops and skintight jogging bottoms. Both had their faces covered and at least one had a Celtic scarf up over his face and was wearing dark-rimmed glasses. We need to know where these men were before the shooting, where they went afterwards - and we also want to speak to anyone who recognises the clothing."

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."

Meanwhile, in Ballymoney police last night revisited the scene where shots were fired at a car in the Charles Street area on September 29.

Police said: "We believe this incident happened just before 10.30pm at a fast food outlet close to the Charles Street/Market Street junction."

The driver was not in the car at the time.

The rear windscreen of the vehicle was smashed and rear bodywork damaged

"A male, dressed in black and wearing a mask, was seen making off on foot towards the Glebe estate area of the town around 10.30pm," police added.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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