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Police car collision death: inquest due

By Chris Thornton

An inquest will be held into the death of a man which led to charges against seven PSNI officers, it emerged yesterday.

Belfast Coroner's Court is expected to hold hearings in December on the death of Raymond Boyle, who was killed in west Belfast on May 1, 2001, when the stolen car he was a passenger in collided with a police vehicle.

Two PSNI officers were charged but later cleared of causing his death by dangerous driving. They and five others were also cleared of perverting the course of justice after a forensic expert employed by the Police Ombudsman accepted there were errors in his findings.

A preliminary inquest hearing was held in Belfast yesterday to discuss outstanding legal issues and a further hearing is expected to take place on November 6.

Raymond Boyle's mother, Marie, said the family hope they can locate the other four men who were in the car at the time of the crash. "We're having trouble finding some of them," she said.

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