O’Loan to probe PSNI murder investigation

The North’s Police Ombudsman, Nuala O’Loan, is to investigate claims that the PSNI failed to arrest loyalists suspected of murdering a Belfast teenager, the last Catholic to be shot dead by loyalists during the Troubles, even though they were identif

21st October, 2006

The parents of Gerard Lawlor last week asked O’Loan to examine if their son’s murder was properly investigated. They believe the original PSNI inquiry was ‘‘seriously flawed’’ and may have been obstructed to protect police informers.

The 19-year-old was shot dead by two gunmen on a moped as he walked home from a north Belfast bar in July 2002.The murder was the fourth UDA shooting in north...

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