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Wife of suspected Loughinisland gunman 'gave his name to police'

Aidan O'Toole was working in the Heights Bar at the time of the attack and was shot but survived

THE wife of a leading loyalist, believed to be one of the gunmen who carried out the Loughinisland massacre, gave his name to police shortly after the atrocity, a new documentary has claimed.

Police recognised the voice of the woman during two calls made to a confidential phone line after the murder of six men in the Heights Bar in June 1994 because she was an employee in the canteen of an RUC station.

Her husband, thought to have been one of the most prolific UVF gunmen in the south Down area, is suspected of involvement in numerous killings including the Loughinisland attack.

He was named as 'Person A' in a damning Police Ombudsman report released last year.

The documentary No Stone Unturned, by Oscar-winning film maker Alex Gibney, identifies Person A along with his wife, who also admitted writing an anonymous letter to a former SDLP councillor in which she names three men allegedly involved in the atrocity, as well as implicating herself in its planning.

Person A wasn't arrested until August 1994 and was released without charge.

His wife was arrested the following year and also released without charge despite admitting to detectives that she had made the anonymous calls and penned the letter.

The couple remain married and were tracked by the filmmakers to their home where they run a small company.

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Last year the Police Ombudsman found that there had been collusion in the murders of the six Catholics, shot dead as they watched the Republic of Ireland play Italy in the World Cup.

The documentary by Belfast-based production company Fine Point Films features a range of interviews including with Heights barman Aidan O'Toole, who was injured in the attack.

It also gained access to a Police Ombudsman review that looked at the entirety of the previous RUC/PSNI murder investigation.

The report was written in 2008 but was never published. However, former Irish News journalist Barry McCaffrey, who worked on the documentary, received a leaked unredacted version that contained all three suspects' names.

Solicitor Niall Murphy, who has worked with the victims' families throughout their campaign for justice, has questioned why the woman was not charged with conspiracy given her alleged admissions to police more than 20 years ago.

No Stone Unturned goes on general release on Friday November 10

The six men killed in Loughinisland were, from top left, Adrian Rogan, Barney Green and Dan McCreanor and (from bottom left) Eamon Byrne, Malcolm Jenkinson and Patsy O'Hare

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