Constituency Crime Government Legacy South Down Stormont

High Court Ruling on Kilcoo UVF Attack Welcomed

SDLP South Down MLA Colin McGrath has welcomed a High Court ruling on a UVF attack at a pub in Kilcoo in 1992.

The court found that there was plausible evidence of significant state collusion in the attack at the Thierafurth Inn and was critical of the PSNI’s failure to follow up on new evidence.

Peter McCormack was murdered and three others were injured in the incident.

South Down MLA Mr McGrath said:

“My thoughts are with the family of Peter McCormack, victim John McEvoy who brought this case forward and everyone who was impacted by this terrible incident in Kilcoo following the court’s ruling today. Like many victims of our troubled past they have faced a long fight to get truth and justice and I join them in welcoming the findings of Justice Humphreys.

“The court found evidence of significant state collusion and was critical of both the initial RUC investigation into the attack and the PSNI’s failure to pursue new evidence that has come to light in recent years. It will have been a difficult day for victims who have repeatedly had their voices ignored.

“Following today’s ruling we need to see a timely, fresh investigation into the attack in Kilcoo and the other incidents raised in connection with this case. Today’s hearing once again highlights the futility of the British government’s attempts to close down fresh legacy investigations and the SDLP will continue to stand with victims and survivors in South Down and across the North as they fight for truth and justice.”


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