Fresh police appeal for Black murder information

David Black
David Black

A fresh appeal has been made by police for information on the David Black murder - exactly one year after the prison officer was shot dead.

The father-of-two was killed on the M1 - between Portadown and the Lurgan exit - on November 1, 2012 as he drove to work in Maghaberry Prison.

A specific appeal has been made by detectives from Serious Crime Branch to the Lurgan and Cookstown public.

The 52-year-old lived in Cookstown and the Toyota Camry car connected to his killing was subsequently found burnt out in Lurgan’s Inglewood area around 7.50am.

“Although it is one year since David’s murder, we are still appealing for people to come forward with information,” said Det Ch Insp Richard Harkness. “I am making a particular appeal to people in Lurgan to think about what they know and what they saw last year.

“The dark blue Toyota Camry was in Lurgan prior to the shooting on the evening of 31 October and was set on fire about 20 minutes after David’s murder a few miles from the M1 at Inglewood on the morning of 1 November.

“A number of men were seen running away from the car.

“I would appeal to anyone who can help us with this specific inquiry, or who knows anything about David’s murder, to come forward.

“I would also appeal to people in Cookstown to think about what they saw in the days and weeks before David’s murder.

“Did you see any unusual activity around David’s home or the places he frequented?

“If you have any information, please contact us.

“Today is a particularly difficult day for David’s wife Yvonne and their children Kyle and Kyra.

“They have endured a degree of suffering and loss over the past year which most of us cannot imagine.”

The Toyota Camry had a Republic of Ireland registration plate - 94 D 50997 - and it pulled alongside Mr Black, with a number of shots fired.

Two men face charges linked to the purchase and movement of the Toyota Camry.

A reward of up to £10,000 is available from Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder.

Information can be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by phoning the Special Incident Room on (028) 38 315291.