Son who never got to meet his father murdered at Mid Ulster Hospital welcomes verdict

John Proctor
John Proctor

Speaking outside the court earlier, the family of the murdered policeman from Upperlands said they had waited over three decades for justice to be served.

Reserve Constable Johnnie Proctor’s former widow said the brutal murder of her husband ripped the family apart.

She said that she heard the gunshots that killed her husband from the hospital where she had just given birth to their second son.

Saying the murder devastated the family, Mrs June McMullin said: “He was struck down and taken from us, from his family. He had a newborn son and another son at home. The life was taken out of all of us as a family.

“I heard the gunshots and I knew it was him. I knew Johnnie was dead because I heard the number of shots they put in him. It wasn’t just one shot - they riddled him. I knew Johnnie’s life was over.

“As a family, we stayed together. As a family we were strong. We’ve been strong this last 32 years and we have waited patiently and now are day has come. I’m relieved that we have finally got justice.”

The policeman’s son, who was born just before his father was gunned down, said the family believed justice had been served. Also called Johnnie, he said: “I’m happy the family can now have some closure, some justice, and can finally move on with our lives. It was 32 years past in September. I never got to meet my father. It’s so sad that I never got to meet the man that brought me into the world.”

In a statement read out on behalf of the family, the policeman’s niece Lorna Torrence said: “The family would like to take this opportunity to thank the HET and Serious Crime Team Branch and all who were involved for giving us a chance to seek justice where a great injustice was posed to our family.

“The life of John Proctor - although cut short by unjustly acts of a cowardly nature - will be remembered for his kindness, warmth and love for his family and his service in the RUC to maintain peace,law and order to which he lost his life.

“After all these years of heartache and pain, he will never be forgotten.

“The ripple effect of pain, suffering and anger that has stretched across our family has changed the lives of young and old forever. But the process to seek justice, although difficult, has helped to bring truth - the facts and a level of understanding of what took place.

“Peace - peace to know that we have done all we can in the memory of Johnnie to seek justice. Healing - because of all of this to move forward, seeking a better future for the next generaton. This is what processes lke this allow families to do.”