13/09/2019

New Footage Released In Malcolm McKeown Murder Probe

Detectives investigating the shooting of Malcolm McKeown in Co Down last month have released new CCTV footage of events at the filling station where he was murdered.

The father of three was struck down outside Dewarts Garage in Waringstown on the evening of Monday 19 August.

Police are seeking to trace the movements of a dark blue VW Passat, registration RK62 PLX. They believe the gunmen lay in wait at the back of the filling station for 56 minutes before emerging from the vehicle and firing the six fatal shots shortly after 7pm.

The 54-year-old lay slumped in his car at the side of the garage before he was discovered at around 9pm.

The previously unseen CCTV footage shows the vehicle entering and leaving the garage. It was later found burnt out on the Glenavon Lane in Lurgan.

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Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery said: "The car was seen at 6.20pm in Cambrai Heights before the shooting. The CCTV shows it travelling on the Dunkirk Road at 6.22pm and then entering Dewarts Garage at 6.23pm. I believe the gunmen waited in it at the back of the filling station for around 56 minutes before shooting Malcolm McKeown. The CCTV shows the vehicle leaving Dewarts Garage at 7.19pm.

"I would like to hear from anyone who saw the car or the people inside the Passat during these times. Were you at the garage or were you driving in the area and have dashcam footage?

"The car was later found burnt out on the Glenavon Lane in Lurgan at approximately 7.26pm. Did you see the occupants get out of it and set it on fire? If so, do you know where they went? There was football training and trials ongoing nearby so there may be some parents who witnessed the Passat on fire."

Police are also keen to speak to anyone who saw Mr McKeown at any stage during Monday in either the Lurgan or Craigavon areas.

A grey coloured Volkswagen Golf S that was seen in the Greenhill Park area of Lurgan between 5pm and 7pm on the Monday evening is also of interest to the investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to contact detectives on 101 or in confidence via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

"This was a chilling murder carried out at close range in broad daylight. Mr McKeown was the father of 3 children and his family deserve to see justice done," concluded Chief Inspector Montgomery.



(JG/CM)

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