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GAA official Sean Brown remembered on 22nd anniversary

Sean Brown was shot dead by the LVF in May 1997
Connla Young

The family of murdered GAA official Sean Brown are pressing ahead with legal action to force the PSNI to hand over information relevant to the case.

The 61-year-old was abducted by the LVF as he locked the gates at Bellaghy Wolfe Tones GAC 22 years ago tomorrow.

He was driven to a country lane outside Randalstown in Co Antrim where he was shot six times.

His remains were later found beside his burning car.

No-one has ever been charged in connection with his death, which sent shockwaves throughout the GAA world.

Despite the passing of 22 years and more than 25 preliminary hearings, a full inquest has yet to be held.

A father-of-six, Mr Brown was known as a committed family man and at the time of his death was chairman of the Bellaghy GAA club.

The family's solicitor Kevin Winters, of KRW Law, said a civil action launched by the family three years ago to force the PSNI to hand over relevant information remains on course.

“The family's collusion civil action remains before the High Court and is set to resume on an outstanding application to get discovery of documents not yet made available,” he said.

“The legal developments come at a poignant time given the anniversary of Sean's killing.”

Mr Winters said that another preliminary inquest hearing is scheduled for later this month.

The latest listing comes after a recent announcement that resources will be made available for more than 50 outstanding legacy inquests.

“Like many families the Brown family were despairing on whether or not they were ever going to see the inquest resumed,” he said.

“With this announcement there is a bit of hope that we will get some traction now but the family remain very cautious on the development and will reserve their full position until we see what exactly is proposed.”

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