Appeal for the Murder of Gerard 'Jock' Davison

  • 11th January 2016

Appeal for the Murder of Gerard 'Jock' Davison

Detectives from Serious Crime Branch investigating the murder of Jock Davison say an unusual type of gun was used by the killer in the Markets area of Belfast on Tuesday 5 May.  47 year old Mr Davison was shot on Welsh Street as he walked to work at 9.09am. The gunman shot him from behind before standing over him and shooting him four times in the head. 

Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes from Serious Crime Branch said: “The weapon and bullets used were an Eastern European type called Makarov. These 9mm bullets are unusual in as much as they will not work in most types of Western handgun. They are a slightly different size and can only be fired using a Makarov type gun.

“This type of weapon and ammunition are extremely rare in Northern Ireland. We have a photo of a Makarov type 9mm handgun which we are issuing. Someone knows about this weapon and its ammunition. We need people with information to come forward on the non-emergency police number 101.

“The gunman is described by witnesses as being about five ft six ins tall and was wearing a dark hooded rain jacket. He made his escape from the scene up an alleyway towards Stanfield Place. We need to know where he went next. We are also issuing a photo of a similar type jacket in the hope this may jog someone's memory.

“We also believe the gunman may have been in the area some time before the shooting. A man fitting a similar description was seen standing at the junction of Welsh Street and McAuley Street at around 8.40am. A similar man was also seen with a red and white carrier bag, holding it with two hands on Welsh Street. They may be different people and they may be innocent members of the public. Either way, we need them to come forward so that they can be ruled out of our enquiries.

“Although the Markets is a residential area, it is very close to the city centre of Belfast and many people park cars there before walking to work. I would appeal again to anyone who parked a car in the Markets between 8-9am on Tuesday 5 May and then walked to work to contact detectives.”

“We are appealing for anyone who has any information about the murder, or who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area in the days and weeks leading up to the murder to contact us. We need to get this gun off the streets, and apprehend the killer.” 

We are keen to hear from witnesses of this incident

The Police Service of Northern Ireland is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that will assist the investigation to contact us on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.