From the various reports, amid claims of false information being given to the investigating team, it seems that all concerned are in agreement that there has been a threat made against at least one of the main witnesses to the killing of Paul Quinn – as reported in Sunday’s Observer. Although they don’t agree on who was responsible.. for the threat, that is – naturally enough. Adds The UTV report, linked above, has been updated.
Sean Woodward told the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee: “I was aware of those press reports and the stories that were circulating before they were published in the newspapers over the weekend. “The Chief Constable (of the Police Service of Northern Ireland) takes those things very seriously.”
From the BBC report
Mr Quinn, 21, from Cullyhanna, died after being attacked and beaten at a shed near Castleblaney in October.
His father, Stephen, said the family were worried about a threat against the witness. SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley said the IRA was responsible.
However, Mr Murphy said mainstream republicans were not involved.
“More than two weeks ago, the police visited this family. We made contact with this young man’s family. We became aware that the threat to him didn’t pertain from any organisation whatsoever,” Mr Murphy said.
“There was no organisation specified by the PSNI. We offer our full support to the family.”
As I might have mentioned before..
Of course, that requires some clarity of vision..
And, as has been mentioned in connection to another recent event – Justice is the glue that holds society together.