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Arthur Rafferty Asks Chief Constable and the Police Ombudsman to reopen the case

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A north Belfast man whose father was murdered 37 years ago by the IRA is asking the Chief Constable and the Police Ombudsman to reopen the case. Arthur Rafferty was shot on September 8, 1974 in Newington Street. The 56 year old Catholic civilian died three weeks later. 

His son, also called Arthur Rafferty, believes he knows exactly who his father’s murderer is and is calling for him to stand trial, even though he believes the man was working for the British Government and is being protected by them.


A POLICE Ombudsman investigation has found no evidence that police colluded to protect members of the IRA who murdered a father of eight in north Belfast in 1974.

However, Dr Michael Maguire did find there were failures in the RUC investigation into the shooting of Arthur Rafferty.

Mr Rafferty was lured out of a bar in north Belfast by two fellow deep sea dockers.

As they turned into a nearby street, a Provo hit man came out of a house and fired up to a dozen times into his back.

Campaigning son Arthur Rafferty jnr said he was later told by IRA chief Brendan ‘Darkie’ Hughes that British intelligence agent Freddie Scappaticci had shot him dead.