Former top police officer settles legal action over police investigation into Robert McCartney murder

The high court in Belfast
The high court in Belfast

A FORMER senior police officer has settled legal action over a press report on the investigation into a high-profile IRA murder in Belfast in 2005.

Peter Sheridan issued proceedings following allegations about those involved in a clean-up at Magennis's city centre bar on the night 33 year-old Short Strand man Robert McCartney was killed.

It was confirmed in the High Court today, however, that the case involving the Belfast Telegraph over an article which appeared on August 28 2015, has now been resolved.

Indications were given that a related claim against former SDLP MLA and Policing Board member Alex Attwood is not being pursued.

Mr Sheridan, who reached the rank of Assistant Chief Constable before leaving the PSNI to become chief executive of Co-Operation Ireland, sued over the contents of a report in 2015.

In court today counsel for the newspaper's publishers read out a statement as part of the settlement in which they unreservedly apologised for any distress caused to Mr Sheridan.

Outside court Mr Sheridan's solicitor Paul Tweed said: "My client is satisfied with this categoric and total vindication of his reputation and at having the record set straight."