17 June 2005


‘Help us find mystery taxi’

By Damian McCarney

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Police Ombudsman staff investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 29-year-old man who died after he was hit by a PSNI Land Rover say they are anxious to trace the occupants of a taxi cab which was in the area at the time of the tragedy.

Glenalina man Jim McMenamin died at the scene of the incident shortly after 1am on Saturday, June 4 on the Upper Springfield Road near its junction with Avoca Close. Initial reports suggest that the Land Rover had been responding to an emergency call when it struck Mr McMenamin.

Earlier this week senior Police Ombudsman staff leading the investigation attended a public meeting at the Upper Springfield Community Trust. The investigators said they had received excellent support from the bereaved family and from the community but said they want to hear from anyone with information about what happened who has not already contacted them.

A spokesman for the Police Ombudsman’s Office said, “Investigators are particularly anxious for the driver of a dark coloured Volkswagen Passat taxi to come forward as he or she may have information which will assist the enquiry.

“They also want to hear from anyone who saw a police Land Rover leave the New Barnsley base at around 1am, and drive up the Springfield Road.”

The spokesman said that the Police Ombudsman has mounted an independent, impartial investigation to establish the circumstances of what happened.

“Investigators are carrying out a detailed forensic analysis of the police vehicle and have examined the scene of the incident. They have conducted extensive house-to-house enquiries in the area and are analysing relevant material provided by PSNI.”

Anyone with information can contact the Police Ombudsman at 90 828627.

Journalist:: Damien McCarney

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