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PSNI to make Crimewatch appeal on murder of Jim Donegan

Victim Jim Donegan
Victim Jim Donegan

A senior PSNI officer will make an appeal for information about the murder of Jim Donegan on BBC's Crimewatch Roadshow Live programme on Thursday.

Mr Donegan was murdered on December 4 last year as he sat in his luxury sports car outside St Mary's Grammar School and Christian Brothers School on the Glen Road in west Belfast.

He had been waiting to pick up his 13-year-old son, who missed his father's murder by seconds.

The 43-year-old's cold blooded execution was carried out by a lone gunman in front of hundreds of innocent school children and their parents.

The programme will air on BBC 1 on Thursday morning at 9.15am.

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.

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Montgomery from PSNI’s Major Investigation Team said the Crimewatch appearance was the latest in a number of appeals for information.

“I have made a number of appeals to the public for information, issued CCTV footage and an evofit of the suspect since the lone gunman shot Mr Donegan just as hundreds of children were pouring out of the three schools – many of them witnessing the murder of the 43-year-old father of two," he said.

"Jim’s son was spared from this thankfully, but only by a few seconds. I would continue to urge anyone who has any information, or who witnessed the murder, to contact the police on 101.

"Or 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 555 111.”

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