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Fresh appeal on anniversary of Joe Reilly murder

Police are following “a number of definite lines of enquiry”. Credit: PSNI

The family of a west Belfast man who was shot dead a year ago are still coming to terms with their loss.

Joe Reilly was killed on 20 October 2016 at his home at Glenwood Court in Poleglass.

He was shot twice in the chest in his living room, while two other people in the house were forced to lie on the kitchen floor and listen.

Despite the best efforts of paramedics he died at the scene.

One year on, police have issued a fresh appeal for information as they continue to carry out a thorough investigation into Mr Reilly’s “cold-blooded murder”.

They said they are following “a number of definite lines of enquiry”, but further information from the community could be vital.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery said: “Joe’s family are still trying to come to terms with their grief, pain and loss.

“They deserve to see his killers brought to justice and pay for their heinous actions.”

Police said they believe the two killers fled from the front door of the house at around 8pm that night along Glenwood Drive into Laurelbank heading towards the Bell Steel Road.

“We need to know what happened next,” continued DCI Montgomery.

“Did they get into a car or did they continue on foot along to the Bell Steel Road or cross the Pantridge Road into Colin Mill? We are also interested in establishing how they arrived at Joe’s house: did they walk there or were they dropped off from a vehicle nearby?

“Information from the community has enabled us to identify the type of clothing the killers were wearing - half-zip hooded sports tops and skin tight jogging bottoms.

“Both had their faces covered and at least one had a Celtic scarf up over his face and was wearing dark rimmed glasses.

“We need to know where these men were before the shooting, where they went afterwards and we also want to speak to anyone who recognises the clothing.”

DCI Montgomery added: “We believe the murder may be linked to illegal drugs and that the shooting may have been carried out by paramilitaries.

“They took the law into their own hands to deliver what amounts to a summary execution but they need to be put behind bars so that our community is a safer place.

“I would appeal to people not to be judgmental but instead remember that Joe was a son, a brother and was also a father.

“I would remind the community that there is still a handgun out there which may be used to kill or inflict harm on someone else if it is not taken off the streets.

“We are grateful for the support and information we have already received from the community, but there are people living locally who know exactly who was involved and we need to hear from them.”