On 4th December last year, 43 year old Jim Donegan was murdered as he sat in his car outside a school on the Glen Road in West Belfast, waiting to pick up his 13 year old son. The cold blooded execution was carried out by a lone gunman in front of hundreds of innocent school children and their parents.
The Senior Investigating Officer from the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team investigating the murder of Jim Donegan has today made an appeal on BBC’s Crimewatch Roadshow Live programme in relation to the murder.
Detectives now believe that the same man tried to murder Jim five days earlier and have released CCTV footage which shows the man waiting outside Jim’s son’s school for 20 minutes on Thursday 29 November and have issued new CCTV.
Detective Chief Inspector Pete Montgomery said: “Jim was a husband, a brother, a father to two sons and a stepfather and over three months have passed since his cold blooded murder. Jim’s family deserve to have answers and this dangerous gunman needs to be removed from our streets but I need the public’s help to do this.
“Today I am releasing new CCTV footage which I believe shows the gunman, five days before Jim’s death, waiting for him to arrive to collect his 13 year old son with hundreds of innocent children nearby. Jim was not collecting his son that day but I believe that if he had appeared he would have been murdered at this point.
“My investigation into the callous execution of Jim Donegan continues to progress and a republican element is a main line of enquiry, specifically the INLA but I really need the public’s help to remove this dangerous man from our streets.
“Do you recognise the man in the CCTV footage? He may be late 30s to early 40’s, approximately 5’8” and may walk with a limp or may have an existing medical condition that impacts on his walking style. This is someone who thought it was acceptable to put the lives of countless children at risk and murder Jim – please help me put him before the courts.
“On the day of Jim’s murder, Tuesday 4 December, I believe the gunman emerged from Clonelly Avenue onto Glen Road around 3.10pm. He then walked past numerous children at around 3.15pm, calmly activated the pedestrian crossing, crossed the road and walked up Jim’s car, firing his weapon 8 times before fleeing the scene. He was wearing a high-vis hip length yellow jacket with security on the back, dark bottoms with a grey coloured hat or hood and carrying a dark bag over his shoulder which I believe contained the gun. I want to hear from you if you were in the area at the time. Did you see the gunman? Did he go into a house afterwards or get into a waiting car? Do you have any dashcam footage? Perhaps you have heard anyone talking about the killing? Please come forward with any information that you have.
“The family have been left devastated and hundreds of children and families who witnessed the murder have also been left traumatised. The callous actions of the gunman will have catastrophic psychological effects on them all.
“I would appeal to anyone with information to contact police on 101.”