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PSNI to make Crimewatch appeal on murder of Jim Donegan

Murder victim Jim Donegan with his wife Laura

POLICE are to make a renewed appeal for information about the murder of Jim Donegan on a BBC Crimewatch programme today.

A senior PSNI detective will appear on the Crimewatch Roadshow Live programme in a bid to catch those responsible for the brutal killing in west Belfast.

Mr Donegan (43) was shot eight times as he waited to pick up his 13-year-old son outside St Mary's Grammar School on December 4 at around 3.15pm.

Known as JD, he was shot in the head and chest as he sat in his red Porsche Panamera, registration JDZ34. He died at the scene.

The cold blooded execution was carried out by a lone gunman in front of hundreds of innocent school children and their parents.

CCTV footage released by the PSNI showed the suspected gunman, who was wearing hi-vis gear, walking to the scene and later fleeing on foot.

In a renewed appeal for the public's help in probing the murder, PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Pete Montgomery will appear on the Crimewatch programme today at 9.15am

"I have made a number of appeals to the public for information, issued CCTV footage and an evofit of the suspect since the lone gunman shot Mr Donegan just as hundreds of children were pouring out of the three schools - many of them witnessing the murder of the 43 year old father of two," he said.

"Jim's son was spared from this thankfully but only by a few seconds.

"I would continue to urge anyone who has any information, or who witnessed the murder, to contact the police on 101.

"Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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