Public must break ‘wall of silence’

Acting Chief Inspector Ian Magee who is leading the hunt for the killers of Patrick Devine who was shot dead in september 2004 at his home outside Claudy. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 9.3.11
Acting Chief Inspector Ian Magee who is leading the hunt for the killers of Patrick Devine who was shot dead in september 2004 at his home outside Claudy. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 9.3.11

Police have renewed their appeal to the Claudy community to break the “wall of silence” on the murder of Patrick Devine.

Speaking after Wednesday’s inquest into the death of the sheep farmer, Acting Detective Chief Inspector Ian Magee said it was time the community helped end the “wreckage and emotional turmoil” caused to the Devine family.

“There are people out in the community who know exactly what has happened here and I would ask them to come forward and tell the police so we can move forward with our investigation. There’s definitely somebody out there who knows who did it.

“ I believe the murder was due to the fact there were some enemies made in the community by Patrick Devine and someone has decided to carry out this drastic action,” he added.

Det Ch Insp Magee confirmed that paramilitary involvement and the possibility the murder was a contract killing are both “lines of inquiry” still being followed by police. He added that there were “lots of different motives in relation to the killing” including disputes over land, property and sheep.

“At this stage I have a few lines of inquiry in relation to who actually killed Patrick Devine.”

Although he confirmed that his officers had made progress in the case, he added: “It is extremely frustrating that here we are seven years later and we havn’t placed anybody before the court.”