21 flavours of ice-cream. The murder of Constable John Larmour…

I came across this video browsing Brian John Spencers Youtube channel.

Here is some background to the story from the Irish News and the Belfast Telegraph:

Constable John Larmour was off-duty and helping out at his brother’s ice-cream parlour in south Belfast when he was shot dead by the IRA in 1988.

Two men entered, unmasked, ordered ice cream, and then one of them shot him as he turned his back on him.

Constable Larmour’s son Gavin, who was just 13 years old when his father was murdered, believes the killing was not properly investigated to protect a high-level republican informer.

He claimed the gunman was recruited as a police agent after detectives presented him with evidence that would have led to his conviction for the murder.

Mr Larmour named the senior Provisional, who sat on the IRA army council in the 1990s and is a former Belfast Brigade commander, that he believes was involved.

Whenever we post anything like this on slugger it usually kicks of the whataboutery in the comments. I am posting the video only because I like the poem and think it deserves a wider audience.

Photo from the Irish News webpage.

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  • Granni Trixie

    I have just finished reading a book written by John Laramours brother, the man who actually owned the ice cream shop. John Larmour was an off duty policeman filling in for his brother when he was on holiday – that is when and where he was murdered. Which points to local knowledge.
    This case is one of 60 where the Police Ombudsman reports that he/she has been denied access to information.

    I welcome the publication of the account from a family perspective. The impact is documented which includes loss of livelihood after the murder when they were threatened too. It also documents the family’s frustration in seeking justice.

    And though I know that we cannot say what is representative, It’s not every victim/survivor who can articulate what actually happened to them but this author is a very talented writer.
    We cannot leave it alone to the usual suspects to write up narratives reflecting their version of events – the reality of victims/survivors ought to be part of the story.

    Some aspects of this particular story surprised me, in particular the runaround the family have had by the police (given that Mr Larmour was in the RUC) .

    Certainly the family believe that Special Branch know who In the IRA carried out the killing.

  • ted hagan

    Many killers from both sides; not all by any means, find a way ro live with these crimes.. That they were ‘victims’ too. Well, maybe. I don’t know how they live with themselves.

  • Granni Trixie

    I don’t accept ( as some do) that perpetrators ‘were victims too’. I do concede that some perpetrators were born into circumstances which impelled them towards crime.