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Nairac 'suspect' traced in US

Captain Nairac's body was never found
Captain Nairac's body was never found

One of the men suspected of involvement in the 1977 murder of a British soldier in Northern Ireland has been tracked down in the USA, it has been reported.

Patrick Maguire is believed to be wanted by police investigating the murder of Captain Robert Nairac, who was originally from Gloucestershire.

The 29-year-old was abducted by the IRA in south Armagh on 14 May 1977. His body has never been found.

The Sun newspaper said it has spoken to Mr Maguire in his New Jersey home.

'Regrets'

The paper claimed that Patrick Maguire at first denied "any connection" with the murder but said he eventually admitted having "regrets" about the night it took place.

It has quoted him as saying: "There's nothing I can say about that night.....Of course I have regrets about it....but I'm not going to say any more."

The Sun said Mr Maguire was now working as a tiler and living with his wife and four grown-up children at a house in Dumont.

It added that he wanted return to south Armagh as he missed the family connections that he had left behind.

'Notorious killing'

Mr Maguire also said he had taken legal advice about murder allegations and was under instruction from his lawyers.

The murder of Captain Nairac was one of the most notorious killings during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland would not confirm that they are seeking Mr Maguire in connection with the murder but said that their investigation is "active and ongoing".

A police spokesperson said: "One man is currently on remand charged with the murder and PSNI detectives are still working to locate and extradite at least two other suspects.

Liaisons will continue with law enforcement agencies around the world, including the US."

Last month, Kevin Crilly, 59, from Lower Foughill Road, Jonesborough, County Armagh, was charged with the murder and two counts of kidnapping and false imprisonment.

He was released on bail following the hearing at Newry Magistrates Court.

Mr Crilly was secretly filmed by the BBC in 2007 as part of a Spotlight programme examining Captain Nairac's death.

Three other men have previously been convicted of the murder.



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