James McDonagh murder case update: Ombudsman finds ‘no evidence’ of police misconduct

James McDonagh, 28, from Castledawson died after he was assaulted outside a bar and nightclub complex on the Hillhead Road, Toome
James McDonagh, 28, from Castledawson died after he was assaulted outside a bar and nightclub complex on the Hillhead Road, Toome
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Investigators from the Police Ombudsman’s office have found “no evidence of police misconduct” in the case of a Coalisland man who died following an incident outside the Elk nightclub in Toomebridge last month.

A spokesman from the Ombudsman’s office confirmed a complaint had been received in relation to the investigation into the murder of James McDonagh.

Mr McDonagh, who was 28, died in hospital after an attack outside licensed premises on the Hillhead Road.

Speaking to the TIMES, a Police Ombudsman spokesperson said: “We can confirm that we have received a complaint in relation to this case.”

The spokesman told the TIMES the complaint was closed a few weeks ago and that, following assessment by investigators, “no evidence of police misconduct” was found.

To date, one person, 24 year-old Finbar McCoy, of Loughbeg Road, Toomebridge, has appeared in court accused of murdering James McDonagh.

Meanwhile, the PSNI this week confirmed that a 33 year-old policewoman has been charged with a number of offences as part of the overall investigation, including two counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of withholding information regarding the death of Mr McDonagh.

She is due to appear before Magherafelt Magistrates Court on February 17.