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Fresh probe into family killings
Torney family
A BBC NI investigation raised a number of questions
The body investigating miscarriages of justice has begun a fresh inquiry into the case of a former policeman convicted of murdering his family.

John Torney died in prison last July while trying to overturn his conviction for murdering his wife Linda and their two children at their Cookstown home.

The Criminal Cases Review Commission has begun an investigation into his conviction for the 1994 killings.

A BBC NI investigation raised a number of questions about the case.

Torney was convicted of killing his wife, Linda, 33, son John, 13, and daughter Emma, 10.

The 50-year-old was discovered dead in his cell at Maghaberry Prison, County Antrim.

It is understood he died from natural causes. The prison service said there was nothing suspicious about the death.

We await with interest the result of the Commission's new investigations as it is still open to us to go back to the Court of Appeal despite the fact that our client is now deceased
Keith Burrows
Torney's solicitor

Torney's legal team had always argued that he was wrongly convicted.

They said that his 13-year-old son, John Junior, shot his sister and mother and then turned the gun on himself.

That argument failed at his original trial and a subsequent appeal.

In the High Court on Tuesday, the Criminal Cases Review Commission was ordered to pay the legal costs of a judicial review heard in June.

At that hearing, Lord Chief Justice Sir Brian Kerr, directed the CCRC to look again into Torney's claim that he was wrongly convicted.

After Tuesday's hearing, Torney's solicitor Keith Burrows said the family was determined to continue his fight to establish the truth about "the tragic incident which led to his conviction".

"We await with interest the result of the commission's new investigations as it is still open to us to go back to the Court of Appeal despite the fact that our client is now deceased.

"The battle to demonstrate the unfairness of his conviction will continue."


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