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Detectives appeal for 'information, not speculation' over Real IRA killing

Former republican prisoner Kieran Doherty was shot and left on the outskirts of Derry four years ago. The Real IRA claimed responsibility.

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING THE 2010 murder of 31-year-old Kieran Doherty in Derry have issued a renewed appeal for information on the fourth anniversary of his death.

Doherty — a former paramilitary prisoner —  was found dead on the Braehead Road, near the border, on the evening of 24 February 2010. He had been shot in an attack which has been claimed by the Real IRA.

Police have carried out several searches and made three arrests — but so far no one has been charged with the murder. They say they still need assistance and information from the community in order to make progress.

A spokesperson for the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch, said: “This investigation remains open four years after this horrific murder”.

“The investigation would make more progress if those individuals who know what happened to Kieran, and who killed him, would talk to us.”

Doherty had been in the family home at Coshowen until about 8pm on the evening of 24 February (a Wednesday) when he went out. The next sighting was when a passer-by found his body on the Braehead Road around 10.40pm.

“We want to speak to anyone who was on that road anytime from 8pm that evening and saw anything suspicious or who knows of Kieran’s movements after he left his home,” the spokesperson said.

“There has been speculation about Kieran’s death but police need evidence to bring charges and get justice for Kieran and his family. Information from the community, not speculation, will help police to build an evidential case.”

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Anyone with information on what happened is being asked to contact detectives at Maydown 0845 600 8000 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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