Service to remember murdered prison officer David Black

David Blacks son Kyle carries his fathers coffin at the funeral in Cookstown.
David Blacks son Kyle carries his fathers coffin at the funeral in Cookstown.

A PRIVATE service in memory of murdered prison officer David Black will be held tomorrow (Friday, November 1) in Maghaberry.

Mourners will gather at the prison to remember the Cookstown man exactly one year on from the attack which claimed his life.

Fifty-two-year-old Mr Black was ambushed by dissident republicans on November 1, 2012 as he made his way to work at the prison.

Police are issuing a fresh appeal for information and they are asking anyone with information about the murder to come forward. The Cookstown man was the first prison officer to be murdered in Northern Ireland for 20 years.

Mr Black died at the scene from gunshot wounds after his car was riddled with automatic fire at around 7.30am at the M12 turn-off of the M1 near Lurgan. A blue Toyota Camry with a Dublin registration had driven up beside the prison officer’s car and it was later found burnt out in the Inglewood area of Lurgan.

Last week, police investigating the murder carried out a search near the Cranagh Bridge area of Aghagallon, a PSNI spokesperson said.

Earlier this month Montober LOL 661 unveiled a memorial tablet in honour of Mr Black and it was dedicated by brethren from the Lodge at a special service.

Speaking at the time of his death, minister of Molesworth Presbyterian Church, Rev Greer said Mr Black was a great friend of many people. It was the second tragedy to strike the family. The previous November, Mrs Black lost her father in a slurry tank accident at his farm in Maghera.

Police are appealing to anyone who was in the area on November 1 last year and who may have information to come forward. Callers can contact police or they can telephone Crimestoppers in complete confidence on 0800 555 111.