22 May 1997 Edition

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RUC video filmed victim's car

An Phoblacht can confirm that the loyalists who kidnapped and killed Bellaghy GAA stalwart Sean Brown on Monday night 12 May drove through Toomebridge past the town's RUC barracks. We can also confirm that video cameras on the barracks that monitor every vehicle passing on the main Derry to Belfast road picked up the registration number of Brown's car as it was driven through the town to the Moneynick Road where his body was found.

This information also confirms the sequence of events that began at 11.30pm when Brown was abducted at the Wolfe Tones GAA club in Bellaghy and ended when his car was found burning at 11.54pm. Brown's body was discovered near the burnt-out car.

The RUC are, however, saying that their cameras failed to identify any of the occupants of the car.

62 year old Brown was buried in Bellaghy last Friday 16 May. It is estimated locally that over 5,000 people, including GAA members from all over Ireland, attended the funeral. ``The chapel was full as was the car park and the adjoining cemetery,'' a local man told An Phoblacht.

A rosary service was held on Sunday night 18 May in the car park of the GAA club from which Mr Brown was taken. It was attended by 2000 people.

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