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Probe into PSNI's handling of threat made to murder victim Jim Donegan

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

By Cate McCurry

The Police Ombudsman's Office is investigating the police handling of a threat made against a man murdered outside a Belfast school.

News of the threat to Jim Donegan emerged as detectives investigating the murder arrested a 63-year-old man yesterday. He was later released unconditionally.

Mr Donegan (43) was shot as he waited in his Porsche Panamera to collect his 13-year-old son from St Mary's Christian Brothers Grammar School in west Belfast.

The suspect was arrested in Belfast yesterday morning, and an address was also searched. Yesterday, the BBC reported that there will be a probe into how PSNI dealt with information on a "potential threat" to Mr Donegan.

The Ombudsman's Office said it was looking into whether the information received before his murder was properly processed.

Meanwhile, the PSNI released an image of what the suspected gunman may look like.

Mr Donegan was gunned down in front of schoolchildren and parents on Tuesday December 4. Detective Chief Inspector Pete Montgomery, from the PSNI's major investigation team, said: "I have released an EvoFit image of what the suspected gunman may look like in the hope that someone may have seen this person who murdered Jim and put the lives of countless children at risk.

"I am appealing to the community to help me put this extremely dangerous individual behind bars.

"If anyone recognises this person or has any information that could assist with the investigation, please contact 101 and ask for the detectives in Seapark investigating Jim Donegan's murder.

"If someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555111."

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