Man arrested over 1976 sectarian killing released unconditionally

first_imgUpdate 8.29pmA MAN WHO was arrested in London in connection with a 37-year-old unsolved murder in Belfast has been released unconditionally.Paul McNally – a 26-year-old father of two – was shot as he left a bookmakers in north Belfast on 5 June 1976 in what police believe was a random sectarian attack.He died in hospital two days later.Detectives from the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch, assisted by officers from London’s Metropolitan Police, arrested the 60-year-old man this morning in the east London area. He was released without conditions, police confirmed.It was the second arrest in connection with the case this year.A 55-year-old man was also arrested in Belfast back in February in connection with the case, and later released pending a report being sent to the Public Prosecution Service.The investigation was re-opened following the receipt of new information and a number of preliminary enquiries.GunmenThe victim and a number of other local men were leaving Sean Graham’s bookmakers at the junction of Brompton Park and Crumlin Road on the afternoon of 5 June when two gunmen opened fire on the group.A passing army patrol then fired at the two attackers as the gunmen left the scene in a yellow Ford Cortina.The getaway vehicle had been hijacked in the Shankill Road area a few minutes prior to the shooting. It was recovered in the same area after the attack.McNally was seriously injured by a gunshot wound and died two days later in hospital. Another man also sustained serious injuries in the shooting.A plumber by trade, McNally was married and was a father to a four-year-old daughter and five-month-old son.The PSNI is appealing for anyone with information to contact the investigation team on 028 9180 1507. Alternatively, anyone who would prefer to provide information anonymously can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.Additional reporting by Sinéad O’CarrollRead: Man arrested in relation to 1976 murder of father-of-two >Read: Irish dad of nine killed in fall from New York apartment >last_img read more

Heaviest snow in decades leaves 11 dead over 1000 injured in Japan

first_imgTHE HEAVIEST SNOW in decades in Tokyo and other areas of Japan has left at least 11 dead and more than 1,200 injured across the country, reports said today.As much as 27 centimetres of snow was recorded in Tokyo by late yesterday, the heaviest fall in the capital for 45 years, according to meteorologists.The storm hit Tokyo on the eve of its gubernatorial election.Observers said the weather may affect voter turnout in the city of 13 million people. As of 6pm turnout was down more than 10 percentage points from a previous poll during the last mayoral election. The government-backed candidate Yoichi Masuzoe was today announced the winner.People walk against blowing snow in Tokyo today (Image: Koji Sasahara/AP/PA).As a depression moved along the Pacific coast yesterday, the northeastern city of Sendai saw 35 centimetres of snow, the heaviest in 78 years.Local media said at least 11 people have been killed with one person also in critical condition in snow-linked accidents – mostly crashes after their cars skidded on icy roads.In central Aichi prefecture, a 50-year-old man died after his car slipped on the icy road and rammed into an advertisement steel pole, a local rescuer said.Public broadcaster NHK reported at least 1,253 people were injured across the nation, many of whom had slipped on the ground or fallen while shovelling the snow off their roofs.A child holds a ball of snow near a half buried motorcycle in Yokohama, near Tokyo (Image: Junji Kurokawa/AP/PA).More than 20,000 households were without electricity early today while airlines cancelled more than 400 domestic flights a day after over 740 flights were grounded.Nearly 5,000 people were stranded at Narita airport Saturday as traffic linking the airport to the capital was disrupted, NHK said.Further snowfall is expected today  in the northern part of the country, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.- © AFP 2014.Read: Runner suffers utterly mortifying fate on live TV report>Your pics: Yep, it’s snowing in parts of Ireland>last_img read more