Perjury Report Follows Hamill Inquiry Sitting

A continuing official probe into the violent death of a Co Armagh man over a decade ago and the actions taken by police officers at the time has taken a dramatic turn.
News Image
The Chairman of the Robert Hamill Inquiry, Sir Edwin Jowitt, (pictured) has announced that he will be making a report to the PSNI Chief Constable requesting him to investigate the possibility that an "offence of perjury was committed" at yesterdays hearings. A witness, Rory Robinson, 37, who had initial charges against him over the murder later dropped, claimed to the Inquiry on Wednesday to have "lost his memory and could no longer recall the attack".

Mr Robinson was appearing before a sitting of the Inquiry at Belfast's Interpoint Centre, to give evidence about the events surrounding the death of a Catholic man, Robert Hamill, who was fatally injured in a gang attack in Portadown on April 27, 1997.

Sir Edwin's decision to call for a report was made after the completion of Mr Robinson's evidence.

The inquiry is examining allegations that four RUC police officers watched as the 25-year-old victim was attacked and failed to intervene.


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

23 January 2020
Man Threatened With Firearm In Co Down
A man has been left traumatised after he was threatened with a firearm in Ballywalter, Co Down. Police said the victim was approached by two males on a red motorbike in the Bartley's Wood area at around 6.15pm on Tuesday 21 January.
22 January 2020
Man Injured In L'Derry Street Robbery
A man in his 60's suffered facial injuries in a "nasty" street robbery in L'Derry, police have said. The victim was targeted in the John Street area of the city at around 1.30am this morning, Wednesday 22. It's reported that he was approached by a suspect who demanded his wallet and phone before punching him in the face.
20 January 2020
Man Due In Court Over Craigavon Murder
A man charged with the murder of 25 year-old Nathan Gibson last week is due to appear in court. The 40 year-old will appear before Lisburn Magistrates' Court today, Monday 20 January. Mr Gibson was discovered in the Lake Road area of Craigavon late on Thursday 16 January. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
15 January 2020
Knife Wielding Man Robs Co Down Off-Licence
A woman working in a Co Down off-licence has been left badly shaken after a masked knife-wielding man robbed the premises. The business in the Movilla Street area of Newtownards was targeted shortly before 8pm on Tuesday evening, 14 January.
15 January 2020
Arrest Follows Drug Raids In L'Derry
A 23 year-old man has been arrested following a number of searches in L'Derry. A quantity of suspected class A and B drugs and related paraphernalia, fireworks and £3,000 of cash were seized during searches of three properties in the Strathfoyle area on Tuesday 14 January.