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Murder victim Kieran Wylie may have tried to clear his name in days before gun attack

West Belfast man Kieran Wylie who was shot dead at his Lenadoon home on Sunday evening, May 17, 2020.

POLICE investigating the murder of west Belfast man Kieran Wylie are keen to trace his last movements believing he may have been trying to clear his name after graffiti making allegations about him appeared close to his home.

The former pub doorman had been aware he was under threat before being shot dead at his home in Lenadoon Avenue on Sunday night.

Two men, including at least one experienced gunman, forced their way into the house and shot the 57-year-old a number of times at close range.

His daughters, aged 16 and 28, witnessed the attack and are said to be deeply traumatised.

Police have said they are investigating a potential dissident republican link to the murder.

While the gun used has not been recovered The Irish News understands that it was not used in any previous attacks making it more difficult for police to narrow down who was responsible for the murder.

Flowers being left at the scene where 57 year old Kieran Wylie was shot dead in Lenadoon, west Belfast. .

Mr Wylie was previously a member of the Provisional IRA. He had been involved in carrying out punishment style attacks for the organisation in the 1990s and was well known in west Belfast as a doorman for a number of republican social clubs.

In more recent years Mr Wylie had been linked to Óglaigh na hÉireann (ONH), but is believed to have parted ways with the organisation several months ago.

Originally from Turf Lodge, the victim was known to police.

In the days before his death Mr Wylie was said to be increasingly concerned that there was to be an attempt on his life. Graffiti making allegations claiming he was an 'MI5 Tout' was painted on a wall close to his home.

Aware of the rumours circulating against him, police believe he may have tried to clear his name and are keen to trace his whereabouts in the days and hours before his killing.

In an appeal to the public PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Darren McCartney said: "I need you to think back ... try and recall if and when you last saw Kieran, where was he, who was he with, where did you see him, what was he doing?

"No matter how insignificant you might think this is it has potential to be of value to my enquiry," he added.

Residents living in the area were also asked to check dashcam and CCTV footage for anything that may be of use to police.

CCTV footage from the victim's house is being examined and is expected to form a major part of the investigation.

The property where Mr Wylie was murdered remained sealed up on Tuesday evening as an ongoing crime scene.

Members of his family have complained on social media that police have refused to allow them to hold a wake at the family home for the murdered republican.

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