Ombudsman probe cannot detract from role of terrorism in McKee murder: Storey

03 February 2020

North Antrim DUP MLA and Policing Board representative Mervyn Storey has responded to reports that the Police Ombudsman is investigating a complaint from the family of journalist Lyra McKee, who was murdered by the ‘New IRA’ in April 2019.

Mervyn Storey MLA

Mervyn Storey

Commenting, Mr Storey said:

‘‘We note the ongoing investigation of a complaint lodged in respect of the policing operation in Londonderry on the day Lyra McKee was murdered. The office of the Police Ombudsman should be afforded space to come to its own conclusion.

The PSNI has a responsibility to the public in Northern Ireland to follow all investigative leads. Accordingly, this investigation will enable officers to present evidence that the operation on 18 April 2019 was lawful, executed in good faith and on the basis of information and intelligence available at the time.

Whilst the family of Lyra McKee have clearly acknowledged that complete responsibility for her brutal murder rests with those in the so-called New IRA, we are disappointed but not surprised at others who would seek to use the ongoing Ombudsman review to detract from actions of terrorists on the night in question or fuel misperceptions of the PSNI’s intentions

SDLP MLA and Policing Board member Dolores Kelly cannot have it both ways. On one hand she is happy for the police to be continually handcuffed by excessive bureaucracy and process, while on the other hand saying the PSNI have let the people of Northern Ireland down by not bring people to justice for their murderous acts. The Police need more powers not less to prevent, disrupt and apprehend those whose intent is death and destruction.

Above all, we must continue to give primary and unconditional support, as well as all necessary resources to the investigating officers of the PSNI tasked with bringing those responsible for this abhorrent crime to justice.’’

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