‘Forensic breakthrough’ in Kingsmill probe
Posted By: May 31, 2016
Forensic experts may have uncovered a potential lead in the inquiry into the Kingsmill massacre.
UTV Staff, Belfast. Tuesday, May 31, 2016May
Forty years ago, 10 Protestant workmen were murdered in a sectarian killing outside the Co Armagh village of Kingsmill.
The IRA was blamed for killing the textile workers in January 1976 and an inquest into the atrocity has now begun at Belfast Coroner’s Court.
It is believed a potential palm print match was found while forensic experts re-examined items of evidence.
Family of those killed were told about the latest development ahead of the inquest sitting on Tuesday.
The print was found on a suspected getaway vehicle.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton, head of the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s legacy and justice department, said: “Due to a recent forensic development, detectives from Legacy Investigation Branch are now following a line of inquiry in relation to the murders at Kingsmill in 1976. A senior investigating officer has now been appointed in order to take this forward.
“We have been liaising with the Coroner’s Office in relation to this and will continue to do so.
“The families have also been informed. I appreciate this is a very difficult time for them; however, we are committed to progressing this matter as expeditiously as possible and will keep them updated as appropriate.”