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Murder witness gets 'IRA threat'
Paul Quinn
Paul Quinn was beaten to death in October
The father of murdered Armagh man Paul Quinn has said his family are very concerned about a "threat" against a potential key witness in the case.

Mr Quinn, 21, from Cullyhanna, died after being attacked and beaten at a shed near Castleblaney in October.

IRA members have been blamed but Sinn Fein denies any republican involvement. SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley said the IRA was also behind the threat.

Paul's father, Stephen, said he was worried about the young man's safety.

"He was with Paul that evening. It was an awful experience for him to be with Paul," he said.

"I'd say he's very scared since, and now to get this sort of a think it's another awful blow to him."

Mr Bradley said the police visited the witness last week to warn him he was in danger.

"Only people with a vested interest in threatening this man's life... are those who are responsible for Paul's Quinn's murder," he said.

"This young man has been through huge trauma. A threat like this only adds greatly to that trauma.

Inquiry leads

"It is meant to say to people in the area, to give them the message not to co-operate with the investigation. So it is blatant intimidation."

Mr Bradley called on the Newry and South Armagh MP, Sinn Fein's Conor Murphy, to "go back to the IRA and ask them why they are issuing death threats" in an investigation "which they claim they had nothing to do with".

The police would not comment about the alleged threats.

It emerged earlier this month that detectives are following about 1,200 lines of inquiry into the murder.

Gardai said they were resolved to bring the perpetrators to justice but needed their family and friends to examine their consciences.

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