The parents of Gary Moore, shot dead on a building site in Newtownabbey on the 6th December 2000, have today asked the Chief Constable to subject the DNA evidence found on two items, including a revolver believed to have been used in the murder, to fresh forensic analysis.
Gary Moore, a Catholic father of two from Dungiven, was in full time employment working on a building site in Monkstown in early December 2000 when he was approached by 2 gunmen and shot dead. At the time police attributed the murder to loyalist paramilitaries but the shooting was never claimed by any paramilitary organisation nor has any person ever prosecuted for the murder. The family of Mr Moore have instructed their lawyers Harte Coyle Collins, Solicitors to write to the Chief Constable requesting that appropriate resources, updated DNA tests and other avenues of investigation be used and applied to attempt to obtain justice for Mr Moore’s family.
Patricia Coyle, Solicitor, of Harte Coyle Collins, Solicitors & Solicitor Advocates, said today;
” We are now approaching the 15 year anniversary of Gary Moore’s murder. The technology and methodology of DNA testing has progressed in the past 15 years and the national database of DNA used by the PSNI has increased significantly. These technologies are currently being used to re-issue prosecutions in other cases in courts in Northern Ireland. These new forensic methodologies are being used to renew, for example, prosecutions in relation to historic murders and robberies. Meanwhile the murder of Gary Moore remains unsolved despite the existence of DNA evidence uplifted from 2 items during the original police investigation. My clients are asking the Chief Constable to apply all available resources and updated forensic techniques to make those responsible for this murder amenable to secure justice for Mr Moore’s parents and family.”