14 April 2006

PSNI man’s brother involved in Thomas Devlin murder

Daily Ireland

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usBelfast teenager was stabbed to death in the street last summer

Ciarán Barnes

The brother of a serving PSNI officer has been implicated in the loyalist murder of a Catholic teenager. The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is being connected to the murder of 15-year-old Thomas Devlin in north Belfast last year. It is believed he helped clean the killers’ clothes.

Detectives have obtained mobile telephone records linking him to a woman also suspected of covering up the murder. The pair exchanged calls a short time after the killing.
It is understood they allowed those responsible to shower in a flat they once shared. The man and woman used to be partners.
Thomas Devlin was fatally stabbed five times in the back in August 2005 on the Somerton Road. He was returning home after buying sweets at a local service station.
Two men from the nearby loyalist Mount Vernon estate are believed to have murdered him. One of the men was subsequently sent to jail for his involvement in a vicious sectarian attack on a Catholic teenager.
Loyalist sources in the Mount Vernon area told Daily Ireland at least five people were involved in the murder and cover-up.
“The police know the names of the two people who stabbed Thomas Devlin,” said one man.
“And they know the names of the others who helped clean their clothes.
“They are the scum of the earth. Everyone is praying the police catch them”
Some of those involved in the murder have strong links to the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF).
One of the suspects has a close relative currently in jail for his involvement in a loyalist extortion racket.
In December of last year the UVF considered shooting those involved in the murder.
During the last eight months the PSNI has questioned eight people and searched in excess of 20 premises in connection with the killing. Despite overwhelming evidence the PSNI has steadfastly refused to describe the murder as sectarian.
In February television personality Eamon Holmes launched a trust fund in memory of Thomas. The aim of the Thomas Devlin fund is to promote public awareness about the effects and impact of violent crime, particularly amongst young people.

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