Appeal renewed over murder of Strabane man

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Appeal renewed over murder of Strabane man thumbnailThe late Andrew Burns.

TEN years on from the murder of Strabane man Andrew Burns, Gardai have issued a fresh appeal for information about his killing.

Mr Burns, who was 27 at the time of his death, was murdered in a paramilitary shooting on February 12, 2008. Monday marked the tenth anniversary of his killing.

He was lured from his home to a chapel car park in the border village of Donnyloop in Co Donegal where he was shot.

Dissident republican group Oglaigh na hEireann were blamed for the murder.

Gardai say they believe a number of people were involved but to date, just one man has been convicted in relation to the death.

Martin Kelly, a bus driver also from Strabane, was jailed for life in 2012 for his part in Mr Burns' murder. He was also sentenced to eight years in prison for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

While four people were present on the night of the murder, Gardai believe up to 20 people were involved in the killing.

On the tenth anniversary of his death, An Garda Siochanna have launched their appeal for information.

A spokesperson said: "Between 7.05pm and 7.15pm on the February 12, 2008, a number of young people from the village of Clady - which is situated exactly on the northern side of the Tyrone/Donegal border - were walking the half mile journey to the village of Donnyloop.


"As they approached Donnyloop, they heard gunshots. Moments later, they observed a man staggering in the roadway of Donnyloop village. A man was seen running towards the nearby church car park.

"Two cars were then seen leaving Donnyloop, travelling back towards Northern Ireland in the direction of Clady village. One of these vehicles is described as a black car or a really dark red car, while the second is described as a silver-coloured car.

"The man who had been staggering fell to the ground in the middle of the roadway. He was attended to by the young walkers and a number of other passers-by who came upon the scene.

"It was discovered that this man, had received gunshot wounds. He was subsequently identified as Mr Andrew Burns. He was pronounced dead at 7.58pm on February 12, 2008."

A number of witnesses have already come forward in answer to previous appeals but Gardai hope that this renewed appeal will bring further information.


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