The gun used in the first fatal shooting carried out by the PSNI has been destroyed, it was revealed yesterday.
Destruction of the weapon which killed Neil McConville was carried out sometime after it was returned to the force by the Police Ombudsman’s office.
With an inquest still to be held, the watchdog has accepted the handover was a mistake.
Lawyers for the deceased’s former partner are now pressing for further answers on how and why the gun was got rid of.
Mr McConville, 21, from Bleary, Co Armagh, was shot dead following a car pursuit in April 2003.
Officers were following the Vauxhall Cavalier he was driving near Lisburn on the correct suspicion that it was transporting a firearm.