Mallon inquest completely undermined - Gildernew
The inquest into the UVF murder of pensioner Roseann Mallon was completely undermined by the fact that evidence was withheld or destroyed in an attempt to cover-up the involvement of British State forces Sinn Féin MLA Colm Gildernew has said.
The Fermanagh/South Tyrone MLA said:
“The events leading up to and following the brutal loyalist murder of Roseann Mallon in 1994 have been examined in great detail by the long overdue inquest.
"It did reveal that the Mallon home was under camera surveillance by undercover British soldiers with cameras but the disgraceful refusal of various State forces, including the RUC, Special Branch, PSNI and British Army to provide evidence has completely undermined the inquest's ability to get to the truth.
"Other evidence, including interview notes were destroyed in the process.
"This was clearly an attempt to cover up the involvement of state forces in this murder.
“All of this has resulted in the Mallon family being prevented a fair hearing to expose the truth and state forces involvement in the murder of the 76-year-old.
“It is also notable that the question about whether Billy Wright was a state agent wasn’t answered as it is also extremely pertinent to the question of collusion in the murder of Roseann Mallon.
“Sinn Féin will continue to support them in their long struggle for truth and justice.”