Kieran Doherty murder - fourth anniversary appeal

Kieran Doherty who was murdered by the Real IRA in Derry four years ago.
Kieran Doherty who was murdered by the Real IRA in Derry four years ago.

Detectives investigating the Real IRA murder of Kieran Doherty in Derry have issued a renewed appeal for information on the fourth anniversary of his death.

The 31-year-old father-of-one was found dead on the Braehead Road on the evening of February 24, 2010. He had been shot in an attack which has been claimed by the Real IRA.

Detectives say they still need assistance and information from the community to make progress.

Police have carried out a number of searches and made three arrests but, so far, no one has been charged with Kieran’s murder.

A spokesman for the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch, said: “This investigation remains open four years after this horrific murder. The investigation would make more progress if those individuals who know what happened to Kieran, and who killed him, would talk to us.”

Kieran had been in the family home at Coshowen until about 8pm on the Wednesday evening of February 24 when he went out. The next sighting of him was when a passer-by found his body on the Braehead Road around 10.40 pm.

A police spokesman said: “We want to speak to anyone who was on that road anytime from 8pm that evening and saw anything suspicious or who knows of Kieran’s movements after he left his home.

“There has been speculation about Kieran’s death but police need evidence to bring charges and get justice for Kieran and his family. Information from the community, not speculation, will help police to build an evidential case.”

Anyone with information on what happened to Kieran Doherty is asked to contact detectives at Maydown 0845 600 8000. Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.