Reward for info on census mum murder

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Derry’s MP Mark Durkan is backing new moves to catch the killers of a murdered census worker.

Mother of one Joanne Mathers (29), was gunned down on a doorstep in the city’s Waterside 31 years ago while collecting census forms.

She was attacked by a masked IRA gunman at Anderson Crescent on April 7, 1981 as she was helping a householder complete a census form.

At the time, republican paramilitaries had been targeting census workers in a bid to disrupt the survey.

Her husband, Lowry Mathers, has now put up a £20,000 reward for help to catch her killer.

He said he had put up the financial reward through independent charity Crimestoppers in a bid to finally get justice.

“I want justice for Joanne, even after all these years,” he said. “I hope the reward will encourage someone with information to come forward.”

The money will be paid to any individual who passes on information anonymously that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder.

Foyle MP Mark Durkan says the Mathers family deserve “the support and sympathy of us all as they seek information which will shed more light on this dark atrocity.”

A Crimestoppers spokesman said: “Crimestoppers wants to appeal to the public for any information they might have on this murder, no matter how small or insignificant they think it might be. In 24 years we have never revealed the identity of anyone who has contacted the charity, and we hope this will be an incentive for people to contact us anonymously and give us the information they have.”

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.