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18/09/2021

Garda Inspector tells coroner that investigation into death of Derry man shot dead by paramilitary group is still 'active'

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The Donegal Coroner Dr Denis McCauley has once more adjourned the inquest of a 24-year-old Derry man who was shot dead in Buncrana on February 9, 2012. Sitting in Buncrana Courthouse this morning, the Coroner put Mr Allen’s Inquest down For Mention on January 30, 2019. Mr Allen, who was from Derry’s Waterside, had been living in Links View Park, just outside Buncrana at the time of his death. A group calling itself Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD) subsequently claimed responsibility for his killing. Dr McCauley said he had agreed to Garda Inspector David Murphy’s adjournment request in March past, when Mr Allen’s case had also been mentioned before the coroner. The coroner said that on that occasion, he had requested Inspector Murphy to ascertain whether the Garda investigation into Mr Allen’s death was ‘nominally and factually active’. During this morning’s proceedings, Inspector Murphy said that he was ‘constrained’ in what he could say about Mr Allen’s case. He added, however, that Mr Allen’s case was ‘very much an active investigation’. Inspector Murphy said ‘tasks were being assigned’ in the investigation and there was also an incident room assigned to the investigation. Inspector Murphy added he was ‘reassured’ regarding the ongoing investigation into Andrew Allen’s death. Thanking Inspector Murphy for his ‘investigation into the investigation’ of Mr Allen’s death, Coroner McCauley then added that he wanted to keep the adjournments in the Andrew Allen Inquest ‘short’. The coroner added that ‘time was marching on’ and he was mindful that the next Mention of the case was nine days before the seventh anniversary Mr Allen’s death. Dr McCauley added: “Mr Allen’s Inquest needs to run and be seen to run as soon as practicable.

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