Key leads into murder of Dungannon taxi driver Barney McDonald

Barney McDonald
Barney McDonald

Police are following six key leads into the murder of a Tyrone taxi driver more than 10 years ago, a coroner’s court has heard.

Brian Henry McDonald, from Windmill Hill Road, Dungannon, was gunned down as he arrived to collect a bogus fare at a Donaghmore snooker club in April 2002.

The 51-year-old Catholic father-of-eight, known to family and friends as Barney, was hit four times with a shotgun and died at the scene.

Requesting a six-month adjournment for an inquest, a senior PSNI detective said a significant number of lines of inquiry were being investigated.

Detective Constable Stephen Johnston told the preliminary hearing at Mays Chambers in Belfast: “We have constantly reviewed the case and there are significant lines of inquiries.

“There are six key areas.

“Some of these recommendations are of a protracted nature and we would ask for a further six months to complete the inquiries.”