18/10/2006

IRA blamed for murder during ceasefire

The IRA have today been blamed for the murder of a suspected drug dealer during their ceasefire five-years-ago it has emerged.

Christopher 'Cricky' O'Kane was shot dead, by a gang of up to four masked men, as he got out of his car outside his home in Currynierin, in the Waterside area of Londonderry in April 2001.

It is understood that Mr O'Kane was gunnd down on his 37th birthday.

During today's inquest into the killing, a detective inspector said that police believed that the IRA were behind the death.

The coroners court heard how the guns used in the attack had not been previously used.

(EF)

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