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Substantial £10,000 reward for info on tenth anniversary of brutal murder

It will be 10 years later this month since the brutal murder of Paul Quinn

Paul Quinn (inset) and the farm he was beaten to death on in county Mongahan

In the lead up to the tenth anniversary of a county Armagh man’s brutal murder, a £10,000 reward has been tabled for anyone with information into the crime that shook a community.

On October 20, 2007, Cullyhanna-man Paul Quinn, 21, was lured to a farm in Oram, county Monaghan and savagely beaten by 12 men suspected of being in the Provisional IRA.

Ten other men are believed to have acted as lookout that fateful day.

The reward has been donated anonymously in a bid to flush out those responsible for slaying as cold case detectives look to take on the case.

Paul’s heartbroken father Stephen, speaking to the Irish Sun, said: “My son was battered beyond recognition but it’s never too late for people to come forward  It just needs one person to be brave.

“The last ten years have been a nightmare for our family and we are reminded by the horror of what happened to Paul every single day.”

His mother Breege says she doesn’t know how those responsible are living with themselves.

“The only reason Paul went to the shed that day is because he would have helped anyone and they knew this,” she said.

“Some of those who were in the shed that day are bound to have flashbacks and I don’t know how they can live with themselves knowing the barbaric killing my son endured.

“My son was crucified that day and he deserves justice.”

A garda investigation revealed a detailed amount of planning went into executing the murder.

Phone records showed the mobiles of around eight key suspects were turned off at the same time that afternoon and were then almost simultaneously turned on after 6pm, following the attack.

Bleach was used to cover their tracks at the rural farm.

The investigation is currently being led by Supt Alan Cunningham at Carrickmacross Garda Station.

Supt Cunningham said: “The answer to this terrible crime lies within the community and I would urge anyone with information to come forward.

“If people from north or south of the border don’t want to speak directly to us then they can contact the confidential line on 1800 666 111.

“This is a live investigation and every resource will be used by ourselves and also by our colleagues in the PSNI to bring justice to those involved in this horrific crime.

“No matter if people were on the periphery of this crime, they still know what happened and I would urge them to come forward. It just takes one person to put an awful lot of the pieces together.”

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