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Gardaí and PSNI to re-examine DNA evidence in Paul Quinn murder probe

Stephen and Breege Quinn with an image of their murdered son Paul Quinn. Picture by Liam McBurney

ITEMS seized as part of the investigation into the murder of south Armagh man Paul Quinn are to be re-examined with the latest DNA technology, according to report.

Some 200 items collected by gardaí in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan will undergo fresh scrutiny, the Irish Sun reported.

Gardaí also plan to re-interview suspects and those who provided statements.

Mr Quinn was 21 when he was beaten to death by a gang after being lured to a farm shed in Castleblayney on October 20 2007.

Every major bone below the Cullyhanna man's neck was broken in the attack, in which the gang used nail-studded clubs and iron bars.

His parents, Breege and Stephen Quinn, maintain the IRA was involved.

The fresh inquiry follows a meeting between the couple and gardaí in the last two weeks.

According to the report, a dedicated scientist from Forensic Science is now using the latest technology to re-examine clothing from suspects and a vehicle.

The PSNI will also examine exhibits seized north of the border.

Around 20 arrests have been made and more than 700 statements gathered as part of the investigation.

“I see the people who butchered my son every time I leave the house and I hope the advances in DNA can finally see them brought to justice,” Stephen Quinn told the Irish Sun.

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