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John Brady inquest postponed for third time

An inquest into the death in police custody of Strabane republican John Brady has been put back for the third time
Connla Young

An inquest into the death of a former IRA prisoner who died in police custody has been postponed for the third time.

A lawyer for the family of John Brady has said the inquest has been put back due to the failure of the police to disclose information.

The inquest into his death almost a decade ago was due to begin in Derry yesterday.

The Strabane man took his own life while being held at Strand Road PSNI station in Derry in 2009.

It has been claimed he was approached by members of the PSNI's C3 unit, formerly known as ‘Special Branch', three times before his death.

There is also speculation Mr Brady may have been put under pressure to become an informer before he hanged himself in the PSNI station.

The Police Ombudsman, who investigated the case, has said there is no evidence to support the claims but confirmed that two intelligence officers did attempt to gain access to Mr Brady but were turned away by custody staff.

Solicitor Aiden Carlin said the Brady family “are disappointed with a further adjournment due to material non-disclosure”.

A spokesman for the PSNI said: "As the coronial process is ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment."

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