THE family of murdered Dungannon taxi driver Barney McDonald has welcomed a significant development in the 11-year-old police investigation.
The coroner’s court have been told police are following six key leads into the killing which took place at a Donaghmore snooker club in April 2002.
The 51-year-old Catholic father-of-eight, known to family and friends as Barney, was hit four times with a shotgun and died at the scene.
A family spokesperson said they were led to believe there was still significant scope for the investigation but that they were very much in the dark with regards to what exactly the leads were.
“Every now and again, the coroner asks the police for an update on the investigation, and on this occasion they have said they are investigating a significant number of leads”, she said.
“It is now eleven years going on twelve since Barney was murdered and we are still as determined to have justice and healing. We want a conclusion to the frustration and pain of the last eleven years.
“We want the case kept open and its details kept in the public’s imagination. We are continually hopeful that there might be someone out there whose memory or conscience will be jogged and who will come forward with an important lead.”
The family have always claimed that it must have been someone their father knew who ordered the taxi. They also say that it has come to light that on the days and weeks after the murder there were numerous calls to the police station giving the names of the suspected perpetrators.
“We would ask those who made these calls to please call again, It’s not too late to give any information you may have. We believe this case can still be resolved.”