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Man arrested in Jim Donegan probe released unconditionally

The Police Ombudsman has launched an investigation into the circumstances leading up to the murder Jim Donegan before Christmas
Digital Staff

A 63-year-old man arrested in connection with the gangland-style murder of Jim Donegan in west Belfast has been released without charge.

The father-of-two was shot dead outside St Mary's Grammar School on the Glen Road in December as he sat in his Porsche waiting to collect his 13-year-old son.

CCTV footage showed the lone gunman wearing a hi-vis jacket walking calmly to the scene of the murder before fleeing on foot into a nearby housing estate.

Mr Donegan, originally from west Belfast, lived in the Lisburn area and had business interests with high profile criminal associates on both sides of the border.

Read More: Police Ombudsman launches Jim Donegan investigation

His murder is believed to have been linked to a criminal fallout with his killer thought to be an experienced hitman from outside the jurisdiction.

Detectives arrested the man yesterday in relation to the wider investigation into the killing. He was later released unconditionally.

Police also released a photofit 'Evofit' image of the main suspect in the case.

A search of an address in Belfast was carried out into the ongoing investigation into the 43-year-old's murder which was witnessed by horrified parents on the afternoon school run and children leaving three nearby schools.

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Montgomery from the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team said: "I have released an Evofit image of what the suspected gunman may look like in the hope that someone may have seen this person who murdered Jim and put the lives of countless children at risk.

 This is what the suspected gunman in the murder of Jim Donegan looks like

"I am appealing to the community to help me put this extremely dangerous individual behind bars.

"If anyone recognises this person or has any information that could assist with the investigation, please contact 101 and ask for the detectives in Seapark investigating Jim Donegan’s murder, quoting reference number CCS 741 04/12/18", he added.

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