Northern Ireland

Report into Robert Hamill killing is completed

Robert Hamill
Image caption Robert Hamill was attacked by a loyalist mob in 1997

The public inquiry panel examining how the police handled the sectarian killing of Robert Hamill have completed their report.

Mr Hamill, a 25-year-old Catholic, was beaten to death by a loyalist mob in Portadown, County Armagh, in 1997.

The public inquiry's finding's will not be released until three prosecutions in connection with the case have concluded.

The government said the report had been placed in a secure location.

Last month, NI Secretary of State, Owen Paterson, announced the report delay.

The inquiry began its public hearings in January 2009 and held closing submissions in December 2009.

It heard evidence in person from 174 witnesses and witness statements from a further 37 witnesses.

Mr Hamill, a father-of-three, suffered serious head injuries and died 11 days after the attack.

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