Murdered Catholic man's family put pressure on British government over case

Patsy Kelly was murdered in July 1974
Connla Young

The family of a Catholic politician believed by his family to have been murdered by members of the UDR have renewed their call for the British government to hand over information about the case.

Patsy Kelly's family handed in a letter at Downing Street and met with secretary of state James Brokenshire during a trip to London yesterday.

A nationalist member of Omagh District Council, Mr Kelly is thought to have been killed as he walked home from work at a bar in Trillick, Co Tyrone, in July 1974.

His remains were weighed down before being dumped in a Co Fermanagh lough.

His remains were eventually recovered after they floated to the surface the following month.

Members of the UDR were seen in the area the night he disappeared and footprints believed to come from British army issue boots were found at the spot he is believed to have been shot.

In 1998 several former members of the UDR were named by an individual as being involved in the killing.

Three of Mr Kelly's sons and his widow Teresa also met with several MPs during their visit to Westminster.

The victim's son, also called Patsy, said that the Ministry of Defence continue to withhold information about the murder, including UDR logs.

“We are here to pressure and call on the British government to reveal all of the information they currently hold on my father's murder,” he said.

MP for west Tyrone Barry McElduff, who accompanied Mr Kelly's family along with Mid-Ulster MP Francie Molly, said: "The British government must face up to its role and responsibility for the actions of British state forces and their loyalist proxies," he said.

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