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Call for information about Gerard Davison shooting to be given to solicitor

Former IRA commander Gerard Davison
Connla Young

A solicitor acting for the family of murdered republican Gerard Jock Davison has called for any members of the public who have information about the killing to contact him.

Mr Davison was shot dead as he walked to work through the Markets area of south Belfast in May 2015.

The circumstances of his murder were shrouded in controversy after Belfast man Kevin McGuigan (53) was also shot dead outside his Short Strand home in August 2015.

Also a former IRA man, at one time he and Mr Davison had been close allies.

Mr McGuigan, who denied any involvement, had presented himself to police for questioning after Mr Davison’s murder.

At an preliminary inquest hearing into the death of Mr Davison earlier this week a a coroner heard that “community” investigations into the murder of Mr Davison could be factored into the inquest.

Barrister Sean Devine, representing the next of kin, told coroner Paddy McGurgan that much of that material is “open source”.

Mr Devine said he intends to present the material to court in a “manageable” format once it is all collated, rather than hand it over in a “piecemeal manner”.

Solicitor Michael Brentnall, of Brentnall Legal, last night urged anyone with information to come forward to him directly.

"We appreciate that there may be confidence issues within the community in terms of speaking with statutory agencies, including the police, however we would be happy to receive any relevant information in regard to the murder and will of course treat all of those who come forward with information with great sensitivity," he said.

 

"In particular, our office would be extremely keen to speak with, firstly, any person who was in the vicinity of the Market or Short Strand areas, on 5 May 2015, the morning of Mr Davison’s murder or who notice any suspicious behaviour in the weeks leading up to the murder; and secondly, any individuals who might have information to share about the murder the generally."

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