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A preliminary inquest into Noah's death spoke of the new claims today as Fiona Donohoe looked on

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Fiona Donohoe arrives at Laganside Court today surrounded by well-wishers PIC PACEMAKER

Fiona Donohoe arrives at Laganside Court today surrounded by well-wishers PIC PACEMAKER

Fiona Donohoe arrives at Laganside Court today surrounded by well-wishers PIC PACEMAKER

A court has heard the PSNI are investigating suggestions a prisoner "confessed" to murdering 14-year-old Noah Donohoe in an exclusive Sunday World story last week.

In the article, it was revealed a man had come forward to authorities with new information suggesting his cell mate had "broken down" and admitted to killing and disposing of the body of St Malachy’s pupil Noah while both men were serving time in prison.

Noah disappeared last June and his body was found down a drain in north Belfast six days after he went missing after cycling across the city from south Belfast to visit friends.

Large crowds gathered outside Laganside Courts today in support of Noah’s mother Fiona as she arrived for a pre-inquest hearing into her son’s death.

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BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated family handout file photo issued by the PSNI of 14-year-old Noah Donohoe who was found dead in a storm drain in north Belfast in June 2020, six days after he went missing (Family/PA)

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated family handout file photo issued by the PSNI of 14-year-old Noah Donohoe who was found dead in a storm drain in north Belfast in June 2020, six days after he went missing (Family/PA)

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated family handout file photo issued by the PSNI of 14-year-old Noah Donohoe who was found dead in a storm drain in north Belfast in June 2020, six days after he went missing (Family/PA)

After the man who came forward was released from prison, he made contact with independent investigators who interviewed him before a written transcript of the interview was handed over to the PSNI.

Today, Sean Doran, counsel for the coroner, said further lines of enquiry were on the agenda as “just very recently, this past Sunday, there was an article that appeared in [the Sunday World].

“I’m not going to go into detail, but the article was titled Prisoner Claims His Cellmate Admitted To Killing Tragic Noah Donohoe.”

He continued: “The question arises as to what occurs in the context of the investigation and inquest when a matter of such is raised and the answer to that really is that the matter has been referred to the PSNI for their consideration.”

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Noah on his bike in the last image of him.

Noah on his bike in the last image of him.

Noah on his bike in the last image of him.

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A lawyer for the PSNI has confirmed an investigation into the claims made by the prisoner as highlighted by the Sunday World is currently underway.

Meanwhile a barrister for the Donohoe family said the prisoner's claim had caused the family “an anxiety not just because of the content, but it’s an anxiety associated with what’s being done about it and whether or not it’s being properly investigated”.

The barrister also asked for clarity from the police on whether the investigation into the prisoner’s claims will be treated as a criminal matter instead of a coronial one, urging the police to take charge of the investigation.

The next hearing has been scheduled for September 16.

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