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Last Updated: Friday, 20 October 2006, 12:14 GMT 13:14 UK
Gun victim 'had received threats'
Paul Daly was shot dead in Belfast city centre
Paul Daly was shot dead in Belfast city centre
A suspected drug dealer shot dead in Belfast city centre five years ago had received death threats from both republican and loyalist paramilitaries.

Details of 38-year-old Paul Daly's murder emerged during Friday's inquest into his death.

Mr Daly was shot 10 times as he sat in a car with his partner, in Stephen Street in Belfast in May 2001.

The inquest heard most of the threats came from republicans, but no-one has been convicted of the murder.

Detective Superintendent Philip Wright, who was in charge of the investigation, said a number of motives for the killing were being investigated.

"Paul would be alleged in many quarters to have dealt in drugs," he said.

He said a caller claiming to be from a group calling itself the Irish Freedom Fighters had claimed responsibility but he did not believe it to be genuine.

Family

Det Supt Wright said he "leaned towards republican elements taking action against alleged drug dealers", as the motive for the murder.

Mr Daly was one of 14 alleged drug dealers thought to have been murdered by republicans and there were certain similarities between the killings.

He had just dropped his daughter off at a relative's house when he was shot.

His partner Jacqueline Conroy, the mother of four of his children, said she witnessed one of two men opening fire on the victim.

She said she saw Mr Daly lying in a pool of blood after he tried to escape through the passenger door of the car.

Police at the scene of the shooting
Police said Paul Daly had received death threats

Mr Daly's daughter, who was 12 at the time, said she heard the shots and saw the men responsible for her father's death running past her.

"I realised what had happened and saw my dad lying on the footpath. I heard someone say my dad was dead," she said.

Coroner John Lecky offered his condolences to the family and said he hoped the perpetrators would be brought to justice.

"I hope the efforts of DCS Wright are rewarded by the eventual apprehension of those responsible for this brutal murder," he said.




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