Detectives from the Legacy Investigation Branch of PSNI are seeking information on the 31st anniversary of the murder of Peter McCormack, which took place in the Thierafurth Inn in Kilcoo on November 19, 1992.
Peter McCormack, a 42-year-old former schoolteacher from Drumena Road in Kilcoo, was tragically shot dead when two gunmen entered the pub and opened fire on the customers present, around 21.00. The attack also injured three other customers, including a 69-year-old man who was registered blind.
Detective Chief Inspector Byrne, the Senior Investigating Officer from the Legacy Investigation Branch, described the incident as a sickening sectarian attack. He stated that Mr McCormack was an innocent victim, as the pub was full of customers preparing to participate in a charity darts match.
According to the police, the gunmen escaped in a stolen Grey Ford Orion car, which was later found abandoned a few miles away from the bar in Tollymore Forest Park. The vehicle had been taken from an address in east Belfast earlier that day.
More than three decades have passed since Peter McCormack’s murder, and Detective Chief Inspector Byrne is appealing to anyone who may have information about the incident, especially those who have not previously spoken to the police or have new information, to come forward. He emphasised that it is never too late to share information, and the investigators are ready to listen.
Detective Chief Inspector Byrne also addressed the individuals involved in Peter McCormack’s murder, urging them to do the right thing and come forward, thus making a difference to Peter’s family. He emphasised that those responsible know who they are and will have to live with the weight of their actions for the rest of their lives.
Anyone with information related to the case is encouraged to contact detectives in the Legacy Investigation Branch at 101 or via email at [email protected]. Reports can also be submitted online through the non-emergency reporting form at http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/. Alternatively, individuals can provide information anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or visiting http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/.