05 February 2006

Mum's plea to catch killers of Thomas

Sunday Life

Stephen Breen
05 February 2006

The devastated family of murdered schoolboy Thomas Devlin last night issued a fresh plea for help in finding her son's evil killers.

Thomas' heartbroken mum, Penny, made the appeal one week after Sunday Life offered a £10,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the murderers of the 15-year-old.

His murder in a brutal knife-attack six months ago sent shockwaves throughout the community.

Detectives continue to actively pursue various lines of inquiry and the teenager's family are hopeful that someone will come forward.

Said Penny: "The people we have met this week believe the reward was a great idea to get people to come forward with information. We were obviously hoping that someone would come forward this week after details of the reward were published but we know that we have to be patient.

"It's important for people to realise the cash offer will remain in place until someone comes forward with information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of my son's killers.

"I've no doubt that if the people who know anything about my son's murder could step into our world then they would tell the police what they know."

The reward comes after the Belfast Royal Academy pupil's parents appealed directly to the partners, friends and relatives of the killers to come forward.

And Sunday Life today also urges anyone afraid to visit police with information on Thomas's murder to contact us.

They can do this by sending e-mails to sbreen@belfasttelegraph.co.uk or by phoning (028) 9026 4302 (Tue-Sat).

Alternatively, they can contact the incident room on (028) 9070 0317 or Crimestoppers on (0800) 555111.

Although a number of people were questioned about the murder, no one has yet been charged.

The prime suspects are two young men seen on the night of the murder walking a black and white dog.

sbreen@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

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