Mum’s plea to ‘let Barry rest in peace now’

Anne McCrory is comforted during Friday's 2 minutes silence in Guildhall Square. DER4113JM049
Anne McCrory is comforted during Friday's 2 minutes silence in Guildhall Square. DER4113JM049

The mother of murder victim Barry McCrory has made an emotional plea to let her son “rest in peace.”

Ann McCrory called on the media to let his criminal convictions of the past stay in the past. “I’d like people to stop printing about his past. Let him rest in peace, let him go in peace now.”

She added: “Immaterial to what anybody thought of my son, he was my son, he was his wee boy’s father and a loving brother to everyone in this house. He had a loving caring side to him. He tried many, many times to put his life on the right path - because he was who he was sometimes he didn’t get the chance to do it.” She said Barry had joined an organisation called Occupying Force to protest against “wrongdoings”.

“People didn’t see the other side to Barry that the rest of us seen and knew. It’s easy to condemn him.”

She said her son had no death threats hanging over him and that no organisation “was after him for anything”. She added: “We will miss him for the rest of our lives now. At the minute all I want to do is bury my son in peace and try to put our lives back together.“