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.”