Call for new investigation into 1981 census murder

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The husband of a census collector killed in Derry almost 30 years ago has called for the case to be reopened .

Lowry Mathers, from Bready, says he wants the the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) to look at the IRA murder of his wife Joanne on April 7 1981.

The mother of one was shot dead as she collected census forms in the Gobnascale area of Derry.

No one has ever been charged in connection to her killing.

Mr Mathers says advances in evidence gathering could aid a new investigation.

“Forensics are amazing now compared to 30 years ago. It would be great if they could get somebody for it.

“There are boys in Derry or Londonderry, whatever you want to call it who know who did this. Somebody ordered it to be done and the person who carried it out knows exactly what he did. The person who ordered this is every bit as guilty as the person who carried it out.

“I wouldn’t want to have their conscience. But, there will come a day when they will meet their maker and they will have to answer for it then.”

Mr Mathers says both he, and his son Shane - only a year and ten months old when his mother was killed - still struggle to make sense of Joanne’s murder