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Noah Donohoe's mother in fresh criticism of PSNI

Noah Donohoe died in June last year
Connla Young

THE mother of schoolboy Noah Donohoe has criticised police after meeting senior officers to discuss her son’s case.

Fiona Donohoe met the PSNI following newspaper reports that a prisoner had claimed he was involved in his death.

The 14-year-old was found in a north Belfast storm drain last June, six days after he was reported missing by his family.

His mother has maintained a high-profile campaign since.

A post-mortem examination found the teenager had died as a result of drowning, while a coroner has said there is currently "no evidence" to suggest that any other person was involved in the tragedy.

Addressing the Policing Board last week chief constable Simon Byrne said officers were "making progress" in the investigation.

His remarks came the day after allegations in the Sunday World about Noah's death were raised in a coroner's court.

Mr Byrne did not refer to the newspaper claim but said that the PSNI would continue to support the coroner's investigation.

Writing on Twitter Ms Donohoe claimed that a witness statement, believed to have originally been provided to civilian investigators linked to the family campaign, was read to her during a meeting with police in recent days.

According to her, a potential witness has claimed that the "UDA were called to dispose of " what she described as "Noah's beautiful body”.

She was also critical of how she said police read the details of the statement to her.

In response the PSNI last night said police "take no pleasure in relaying information that is distressing."

Detective Chief Superintendent John McVea said: "Detectives are continuing to investigate claims that have been made regarding the tragic death of Noah Donohoe and throughout this process there has been ongoing liaison with the Donohoe family and their legal representatives to keep them updated.

"While our investigation to date has not identified any evidence that supports the claims that have been made, we are committed to exhausting every investigative opportunity.

"Our officers recognise the suffering that comes with the loss of a loved one and take no pleasure in relaying information that is distressing. We are fully committed to finding answers for the Donohoe family."

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