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Raymond Johnston murder probe police make dash cam appeal

By Staff Reporter

Police last night appealed to drivers with dash cams to check their footage as officers revisited the scene of the murder of Raymond Johnston one week on from the shooting.

The 28-year-old died after being blasted in the chest with a shotgun in front of his partner and an 11-year-old child at a house in Glenbawn Avenue, Poleglass, just before 8pm on Tuesday, February 13.

The officer leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Geoff Boyce, said: "We are still in the early stages of this investigation and although progress has been made, we still need more assistance from the community.

"We have set up an incident room and we are exploring a number of possible lines of enquiry. We are reviewing CCTV footage from the area, but we also need the continued help from local people.

"I would also ask any members of the public who have a dash cam fitted to their vehicle, and were travelling on Glenbawn Avenue, Glenbawn Square, Bryanswell Road, Bell Steele Road, Pantridge Road, Stewartstown Road or Colinwell Road between 7pm and 9pm on Tuesday, February 13 to contact detectives at Musgrave.

"You may have footage that could help us piece together what happened on Tuesday night and lead us to those behind this brutal act."

Mr Boyce added: "We would again appeal to any witnesses, or those with any information that could assist our investigation, to contact detectives on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1192 of 13/02/18 or ask to speak to detectives at the incident room at Musgrave Street."

Alternatively, information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

On Saturday night police carried out raids in connection with the murder at properties in Belfast under the Terrorism Act. The first was in the Poleglass area and the second in the New Lodge Road area of north Belfast.

A number of items were taken away for examination during both raids.

Last week police issued an appeal for anyone who witnessed a man wearing a blue coat with fur around the hood make off from the scene to get in touch.

He got into a black car with tinted windows, which drove away from the area after the shooting.

Police have said two gunmen were involved in the murder and that dissident republican activity is one of the lines of enquiry they are pursuing.

At a funeral Mass for Mr Johnston on Monday, parish priest Fr Aidan Keenan said: "Those who feel they have the right to be judge and jury will have to face God for what they have done."

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