Police Service of Northern Ireland response to the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland public statement

Detective Chief Superintendent Ian Saunders, Head of Legacy and Disclosure said: “I recognise the continued pain and suffering felt by the family of Gerard Lawlor.  Their suffering does not fade and my thoughts are with them today.

“We note the comments made by the Police Ombudsman and acknowledge her findings around the original investigation into Gerard’s  murder on 22nd July 2002.

“We will now take time to carefully consider this report and its findings.

“Gerard’s murder currently sits within the caseload of Legacy Investigation Branch (LIB) for future review in accordance with LIB’s Case Sequencing Model.”