Northern Ireland

Danny McColgan inquest: Witness 'saw UDA shoot postman 10 times'

Danny McColgan Image copyright Pacemaker
Image caption Danny McColgan was shot by the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) as he arrived for work at a Royal Mail sorting office 12 years ago

A postman who witnessed paramilitaries kill one of his colleagues at their workplace has described the attack to an inquest into the 2002 murder.

Danny McColgan a 20-year-old Catholic postal worker, was shot dead by the Ulster Defence Association (UDA).

He had just arrived for work at a Royal Mail sorting office in Rathcoole, on the outskirts of north Belfast.

His colleague Paul McCullough told the inquest he saw gunmen fire eight shots and another two shots at close range.

'In tears'

The witness said the gunmen, who were both wearing dark clothing and had their faces covered, ran off towards a waiting car after the shooting.

Mr McCullough said he found Mr McColgan lying in a pool of blood and gasping for breath outside the sorting office.

Another of Mr McColgan's colleagues, John Miskimmon, was in tears in the witness box as his statement was read to the court.

Mr Miskimmon was the assistant manager of the sorting office at the time of the murder.

'Deep breath'

He said he heard the shots being fired and said that after the gunmen fled, he went to where Mr McColgan lay dying.

He said he tried to get a response, but told the inquest that all that happened was: "Danny took a long deep breath."

No-one has ever been convicted of the murder

The inquest continues.