first_imgKieran McLaughlin was today found not guilty of murdering a man in the NorthEXCLUSIVE: THE gun used in a “brutal and vile” execution-style murder in the North was stolen at gunpoint from a farmer in Donegal.We can reveal for the first time details of the weapon which was used to blast to death suspected drug dealer Barry McCrory in Derry city in October 2013. Police sources have revealed to Donegal Daily that the 12 bore, sawn-off double-barrelled, breach loading, side by side shotgun, marked ”F Williams London and Birmingham’, was stolen three years earlier at a rural farm in Donegal.A police source has told us: “On May 18, 2010 three masked men stormed his farmhouse at the dead of night.“A gun was put to his head and he was frog-marched into a room where he kept his gun cabinet.“He was forced to open it and the masked men made off with three firearms, all shotguns.“When the gun was recovered by police in Derry, detectives from the PSNI asked Gardai to check its records.“The serial number was checked on the Garda computer for missing or stolen guns and the match was found to the raid on the farmhouse on May 18, 2010.”Today, at Belfast Crown Court, suspected dissident republican hitman Kieran McLaughlin was found not guilty of murdering Barry McCrory with the same stolen shotgun.The 60-year-old had denied murdering Barry McCrory, who was shot dead in October 2013.The 35-year-old was found dead in bed at a flat in Shipquay Street in the city centre.The killer shouted at him ‘drug dealing scumbag’ before blasting him twice to the back and then twice to the back of his head from as little as a one metre away.Death was instantaneous, said a pathologist.There was uproar when the verdict was read out acquitting McLaughlin.Tearful relatives of the deceased were at Belfast Crown Court to hear the ruling.One woman ran from the public gallery shouting at McLaughlin in the dock: “You know you f***king did it, you f***king bastard.”Judge Mr Justice Horner, who sat alone without a jury in the diplock case, said there was no forensic evidence to link McLaughlin to the killing.“The court must conclude that the charge of murder against the defendant has not been proven to the requisite standard,” the judge told the court.“The Crown has not discharged the heavy burden of proof placed upon it to prove beyond reasonable doubt the defendant committed the murder of the deceased.”However, the judge found McLaughlin guilty of possessing the loaded sawn-off double barrelled shotgun and a Mauser pistol with intent to endanger life.McLauglin had previously pleaded guilty to possessing the firearms and a quantity of ammunition in suspicious circumstances.He will be sentenced in May following the preparation of a pre-sentence report.Following the murder, McLaughlin had gone on the run and was holed up in Donegal to avoid capture.A massive police manhunt was launched on both sides of the border for him and his picture was issued to the media with a warning to the public not to approach him as he was “armed and dangerous”.However, on October 16, 2013, the game was up for McLaughlin when a police copter fitted with an infrared camera picked up an “unusually large” heat source from underneath a parked car in Derry’s Galliagh district.McLaughlin was arrested and on his person police found newspaper clippings about the murder of Mr McCrory and the manhunt for the chief suspect – himself.REVEALED: SAWN-OFF SHOTGUN MURDER WEAPON STOLEN IN DONEGAL was last modified: March 27th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Barry McCroryDerryKieran McLaughlinREVEALED: SAWN-OFF SHOTGUN MURDER WEAPON STOLEN IN DONEGALlast_img read more