Eamon Collins was murdered several years ago with his body turning up at Doran’s Hill in Newry in 1999. The body was found with severe injuries to the head. This is the most horrific and grotesque of the murders ever encountered according to coroner John Lecky and state pathologist Jack Crane. Earlier before the murder, the IRA had threatened Collins with Death if he didn’t move from his home.
Kenneth McFarland, the retired chief inspector who led the murder investigation states: “I believe south Armagh Provisional IRA carried out this murder.”
McFarland explains that this is one of the most horrific he has ever seen in thirty years. The case is being examined according to what a member of the Historical Enquiries Team had told the courts.
Eamon Collins was arrested by the RUC in 1985. He turned supergrass after the arrest. Collins was charged with fifty terrorist offenses. The charges included five murders along with being a member of the IRA. After the judge dismissed Collins’ confessions, he was let go.
From there, he gained fame after his book: “Killing Rage” was published. One part of his book explained in 1977 how a British Army officer was tortured and murdered.
He then wrote articles for various newspapers.
Currently, the people who have murdered Eamon Collins have not been found. The coroner hopes that the people who carried out the murder be charged and given the appropriate sentence that fits the crime.