Coroner 'incredulous' at disappearing evidence in McColgan murder inquiry

Danny McColgan
Danny McColgan

A Coroner at the inquest of Catholic postman Danny McColgan who was shot dead 12 years ago has said that he is ‘incredulous’ why bullet casing taken as evidence in the murder went missing.

Danny McColgan was shot 13 times 2002 as he arrived for work at a Royal Mail sorting office in Rathcoole, County Antrim.

He was just 20 years old.

The aspiring DJ was murdered by the UFF.

Coroner John Leckey described the killing as a “brutal sectarian murder”.

Last week the Sunday World reported on how the Coroner’s Court heard that the cameras in the Royal Mail depot were not working at the time of the murder.

 The court also heard that the bullet casings used in the attack were lost on their way to England.

 And the British Government as well as security services have slapped a ban on certain pieces of evidence being brought forward to the court.

 Last week we exclusively revealed that the CCTV system had only been put in place at the depot as it was feared that an attack on a postal worker was imminent.

 Postal staff who worked at the depot at the time came forward to the Sunday World to say that there was no reason for the cameras to be switched off at the time of Danny’s murder.

 They told us: “The big question that remains unanswered din all of this is who had access to the control unit for the CCTV cameras and recorders?

“That was never mentioned at the inquest and no reason was given for the CCTV equipment having been switched off.”

In reference to the missing bullet casings, Mr Leckey said: “It must be a matter of great concern that exhibits in an unsolved murder should have disappeared.

“I am really incredulous that that should have happened.

"I hope very much that those responsible for Daniel's murder will be apprehended. I hope very much that Daniel's murderers will be held to account."

 On the issue of the CCTV unit being inoperative at the time of the murder, Mr Leckey said: "From the evidence given at the inquest I am unable to reach any conclusion, on the balance of probabilities, as to whether those who planned the murder and the gunmen were aware that the camera was inoperative.

"Also, I am unable to reach any conclusion, again on the balance of probabilities, as to whether any member or members of the workforce at the sorting office provided any information or assistance to those involved in the murder.

"However, I am satisfied that careful planning had preceded this sectarian murder which included the acquisition of knowledge at the time Daniel was due to commence work that day."