The PSNI’s failure to bring charges or convictions against the killers of a North Belfast postman has led to his family demanding the disclosure of PSNI files on the murder probe.

Lawyers for the McColgan family asked for files to be handed over at a preliminary hearing of the Belfast coroner’s court on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old father of one was gunned down in January 2002 as he arrived for work at Rathcoole sorting office.
Despite an investigation being launched and the PSNI saying they know the killers, no charges have been brought. One of the suspects is believed to be serving a jail term for an unrelated offence.

The deep concern over the lack of police convictions was raised with the McColgan family solicitors Madden and Finucane at the brief inquest hearing.

The solicitors are requesting more PSNI files before a full inquest can be held.

Belfast coroner John Leckey said depositions had been made, but that he did not have all the material relating to the investigation.

“There is an obligation on the state to adequately investigate the death of a citizen,” he said.

Counsel for the PSNI said there was no objection to handing over relevant material. A date for August 30 was set for the PSNI to hand over files, including statements.

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