Revenge murder victim Kevin McGuigan shot dead outside his home in east Belfast was buried today

Revenge murder victim Kevin McGuigan shot dead outside his home in east Belfast was buried today

DETECTIVES from the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team probing the murder of Kevin McGuigan have seized two guns and arrested a fourth man as their inquiries intensify.

A senior MIT officer said the weapons were found during searches carried out in the Greater Belfast area today, Tuesday, August 18.

Detective Chief Inspector John McVea said: “The firearms have been sent for forensic examination as part of the overall investigation.

“In addition, a 39 year old man has been arrested in the Greater Belfast area.

“He has been taken to Antrim Serious Crime Suite for questioning.”

McGuigan, 53, was shot six times by masked gunmen outside his home in the Comber Court area of Short Strand just before 9pm last Wednesday.

Family, friends and associates of McGuigan believe the Provisional IRA shot the father-of-nine dead in revenge for the murder of IRA chief Jock Davison in the Markets district in May.

However, Sinn Fein have denied that the IRA was involved.

Three other men aged 41, 44 and 53, remain in police custody after they were arrested in dawn swoops for questioning before Mr McGuigan’s midday funeral.

The Requiem Mass took place on Tuesday afternoon at St Matthew’s Church in nearby Bryson Street, a short distance from the victim’s home.

Young GAA players formed a guard of honour around his Tricolour draped coffin as it was led into the packed church.


Police had been on high alert over the funeral and the PSNI’s helicopter hovered over the Short Strand area.

Parish Priest Fr John Nevin said the victim’s family had questioned why he was killed.

“I have no answers for these tragedies that wreck families,” he told mourners.

“Violence and war and revenge do not sort problems but create more. The circle goes on.”



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