TRIAL: Suicide investigation referred to the Police Ombudsman

THE 1991 police investigation into the apparent double suicides in Castlerock is to be probed by the Police Ombudsman.

Detective Superintendent Raymond Murray confirmed that the Buchanan family had lodged a complaint with the Ombudsman.

“Hindsight is always crystal clear and in 1991, Northern Ireland was a very different place,” he said, adding that he completely understood the Buchanan family’s decision.

“There were 102 terrorist murders alone and CID (Criminal Investigation Department) were a lot more stretched than they are at the minute. They did not have so many assets available to them than they would have now,” he said.”However, the family have made a complaint to the Police Ombudsman and I completely understand that and I look to the Ombudsman now to investigate it and come back to us. If there are lessons to be learned, we will learn them.”Things have moved on a great deal in 20 years and we regret they had to wait 20 years.”