Northern Ireland

Man charged with 1973 murder of Eileen Doherty

Eileen Doherty
Image caption Eileen Doherty was 19 when she was shot dead in 1973

A 57-year-old man has been charged in connection with the murder of a 19-year-old woman in 1973.

Eileen Doherty was shot dead by gunmen who hijacked a taxi she was taking from south Belfast's Ormeau Road to Andersonstown on 30 September 1973.

The suspect was arrested in south Belfast on Tuesday morning and brought to Antrim PSNI station.

He was later charged and is now scheduled to appear at Laganside Magistrates Court on 21 December.

A second man, also 57, was arrested in Newtownards but was released without charge.

On Tuesday, a PSNI spokeswoman said the Historical Enquiries Team had reviewed material in the case and identified "evidential opportunities".

The investigation was then transferred to the Serious Crime Branch.

Ms Doherty, a Catholic, was shot dead by gunmen who hijacked the Belfast taxi she was taking home after visiting a friend.

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