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PSNI urged to reveal details of Co Tyrone arms find

Loyalist murder victim Tommy Casey pictured with his wife Cathleen
Connla Young

THE family of a Catholic man killed by loyalists has called on the PSNI to release full details of an arms find in Co Tyrone last week.

Tommy Casey (57) was shot dead by the UVF at the home of a friend near Cookstown in October 1990.

The Casey family believe there was collusion between members of the RUC, UDR and UVF in the murder.

A Historical Enquiries Team report recently given to the family revealed that four UDR members were questioned about the attack, which also resulted in Mr Casey's wife Cathleen being injured.

One of the guns used to kill Mr Casey, a .455 revolver, has never been found.

Police revealed last week that "firearms including a handgun" and ammunition were recovered in a mainly unionist area at Tullyveagh Road, near Cookstown.

The PSNI has refused to confirm how many guns or what type of weapons have been recovered.

A spokeswoman said the weapons have now been sent for forensic testing "and until those tests have been completed it would be inappropriate to comment further".

Mr Casey's son Conor last night said he is concerned about the lack of information.

"I have instructed my solicitor to formally enquire as to the make, model and serial of the weapons found and to seek confirmation as to the ballistics histories of these weapons," he said.

His solicitor Niall Murphy said he will be demanding more information about the find.

"This weapons find, allied with other fresh information could provide optimism for he prospect of successful prosecutions."

Police have faced criticism for their handling of other suspected arms finds in recent months, including a revolver discovered at Tamnamore in Co Tyrone last June.

Last month police said they were still carrying out some tests on the gun.

The Police Ombudsman has sent a file to the PSNI in relation to three officers who dealt with the find.

In contrast, last year the PSNI released full details and photographs of weapons, including mortars and claymore mines, recovered from a republican arms dump at Capanagh Forest near Larne days after they were recovered.

The call for more details about the haul comes after the Irish News revealed that a deadly UVF unit, thought to have included several members of the UDR, ended its killing spree after a meeting with republicans in the early 1990s.

The gang was one of two operating in the Mid Ulster area at the time.

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