MAN CHARGED OVER 1998 PIRA MURDER OF KEVIN CONWAY

Colin Duffy's north Armagh PIRA unit murdered Kevin Conway in 1998

Colin Duffy’s north Armagh PIRA unit murdered Kevin Conway in 1998

WAKING The Dead’ detectives believe they have cracked the Provo murder of Kevin Conway.

The 30-year-old was shot dead by members of the Provisional IRA in Co Armagh 15 years ago.

He was shot dead and his body found at Soldierstown Road, Aghalee, in February 1998.

A 45- year-old was arrested in Birmingham on Monday and was tonight formally charged with the murder.

He is due to appear before Craigavon Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

PSNI detectives from the Serious Crime Branch requested West Midlands Police anti-terror branch to arrest him.

He was later flown back to Northern Ireland and taken to the serious crime suite in Antrim for questioning.

Detectives have appealed for anyone with information about the murder to contact them on 0845 600 8000 or use Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

The murder charge follows a five year long investigation by the Historical Enquiries Team.

The case was referred to the HET in April 2008 following an inquest into his cold blooded murder.

Mr Conway was shot dead just two months before the  second IRA ceasefire and only two months before the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.

The IRA’s north Armagh brigade, which was then led by Colin Duffy, were blamed for the murder.

Mr Conway was dragged out of his house as he looked after his four month old child, taken away, and shot dead.

It was as callous as it was shocking and sent shockwaves through a community which had become used to acts of barbarism from all sides over the years.

 

 

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