Cousin accused of Coalisland hit and run murder

The second cousin of Coalisland hit-and-run victim Declan Quinn has been charged with his murder.

Mr Quinn, 37, was struck by a car along Gortgonis Road on Saturday morning at about 10.30am. The driver did not stop following the crash.

Anthony Joseph Quinn, 21, of Maplebrook Hill in Coalisland, appeared before Dungannon Magistrates’ Court today accused of his murder and of driving while disqualified.

The accused was refused bail and will appear before the court again next month.

A 20-year-old arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and withholding information has been released on bail.

Police launched a murder inquiry on Monday after Mr Quinn died in hospital.

A silver Vauxhall Corsa, believed to be involved in the collision, was found in Drumcairne Forest on the Ballygittle Road, near Stewartstown.

Mr Quinn’s mother has said his organs have been donated to six people in England, according to a UTV reporter.

Sinn Féin MLA for Mid-Ulster Francie Molly has called on anyone with information to come forward.

He said: “Sinn Féin offer our sincere sympathy to the Declan Quinn’s family. This is a tragic event which I’m sure has left the family distraught and has shocked the local community.

“The facts surrounding this case still need to be brought to light and I call on anyone with information on Declan Quinn’s death to bring it forward to the PSNI.”

Anyone with information can call 0845 600 8000 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



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