Police probe link between Coalisland death and wounding incident

Police forensic experts at a garage on the Moor Road area of Coalisland
Police forensic experts at a garage on the Moor Road area of Coalisland
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The death of a man in Co Tyrone and the wounding of a man in the same area earlier this week could be linked, police have said.

The 32-year-old’s body was discovered in a garage on the Moor Road area of Coalisland just after 1pm on Thursday, while the injured man is thought to have sustained a gunshot wound to his leg on Wednesday.

A police spokesman said a possible link was “one line of enquiry”.

The dead man in understood to be from eastern Europe.

“Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 32-year-old man whose body was found in a garage on the Moor Road area of Coalisland.

The death is being treated as suspicious and a post-mortem examination will take place to determine the cause,” the PSNI spokesman said.

The report of a man being assaulted and shot in the leg was received by police from Coalisland around 8.30am on Wednesday.

It has been reported the casualty, aged in his late 30s, left his home in the Clonabay area of Coalisland on Tuesday afternoon before returning the following day with the leg wound.

Detective Inspector Will Tate said: “The exact circumstances of the incident are unclear at present.”

SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone said there was a “real sense of worry” in the local community following the incident, while Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill urged anyone with information to contact the PSNI.

Detective Chief Inspector Lee McNevison, who is leading the murder enquiry, has also appealed for anyone with information about either of the two incidents to help the police with their inquiries.

DCI McNevison said: “If anyone saw anything unusual in the Moor Road area in recent days, we would like them to contact detectives in Dungannon by calling the non-emergency number 101.

“Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”