Monday 24 October 2016

Children see former IRA man slain


Gerard 'Jock' Davison
Gerard 'Jock' Davison
Gerard 'Jock' Davison was questioned over the murder of Robert McCartney

A FORMER IRA man murdered in broad daylight is believed to have been involved in the notorious killing of Robert McCartney.

Gerard 'Jock' Davison, who was expelled from IRA following the murder of Mr McCartney in 2005, was gunned down in Belfast yesterday.

The leading Republican figure was shot several times by a lone gunman close to his home in the Markets area of the city at around 9am. He died at the scene.

The killing was witnessed by children going to school.

The PSNI has ruled out the involvement of either dissident Republicans or Loyalists. Local sources claimed that the killing may be connected to a feud between the ex-IRA boss and people living in the area.

READ MORE: Former IRA leader Gerard 'Jock' Davison shot dead in south Belfast

"He was a man who would have made plenty of enemies over the years," a source said.

One line of investigation is that the attack relates to a long-standing grudge that dates back to the 1990s.

The 47-year-old was one of three IRA members kicked out of the movement in the wake of the 2005 killing of Robert McCartney, which seriously jeopardised the peace process.

Davison (pictured) was arrested and questioned about the horrific murder by police but had denied any involvement.

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