Murdered prison officer David Black

Murdered prison officer David Black

DETECTIVES from the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch investigating the murder of Prison Officer David Black on 1 November 2012 have welcomed the sentencing of Fiona McFadden today at Belfast Crown Court.

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Detective Inspector John Caldwell said: “Fiona McFadden pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and has been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment suspended for three years.

“Father-of-two Mr Black (52) was driving from his Cookstown home to work at Maghaberry prison at 7.30am on Thursday 1 November 2012 in his black Audi A4 car along the M1 motorway between Portadown (Junction 11) and Lurgan (Junction 10).

“Approximately one mile from the Oxford Island exit ramp, a dark blue Toyota Camry car with a Republic of Ireland registration, 94 D 50997, pulled alongside and a number of shots were fired, fatally injuring Mr Black. The Toyota Camry was found burnt out in the Inglewood district of Lurgan a short time later at 7.50am.”

Continuing, Detective Inspector Caldwell said “Police are still appealing for people to come forward with information. I am making a particular appeal to people in Lurgan to think about what they know and what they saw at the time of the murder.

“The dark blue Toyota Camry was in Lurgan prior to the shooting on the evening of 31 October and was set on fire about 20 minutes after David’s murder a few miles from the M1 at Inglewood on the morning of 1 November. A number of men were seen running away from the Toyota Camry car.

“I would urge anyone who can help us with this specific inquiry or who knows anything about David’s murder to come forward. I would remind people there is a reward of up to £10,000 available from Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

“I would also appeal to people in Cookstown to think about what they saw in the days and weeks before David’s murder. Did you see any unusual activity around David’s home or the places he frequented? If you have any information, please contact us.”

Information can be provided to detectives on 101 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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