Mother’s agony over dis­si­dent killing

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY DONNA DEENEY

A MOTHER whose son was mur­dered by dis­si­dent repub­li­cans said she re­lives the hor­ror of his death ev­ery time she hears of an­other para­mil­i­tary at­tack in Lon­don­derry.

Donna Smith’s son Andy Allen (24) was forced to flee the city un­der threat and was later shot dead in Fe­bru­ary 2012 at the house where he was liv­ing in Bun­crana, Done­gal.

Dis­si­dent repub­li­cans claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for killing the 24-year-old fa­ther of two.

They fired shots through a front win­dow of the house. One hit Mr Allen in the head, killing him in­stantly.

But nearly six years af­ter he was mur­dered, no-one has been charged with his death.

Fac­ing an­other Christ­mas with­out her son, Ms Smith said it was be­yond time the gun­men left the streets of Derry.

She said: “Ev­ery time I turn on the ra­dio or lift a news­pa­per and see that some­one else has been shot it brings it all back to me, but the re­al­ity is the loss of Andy to us as a fam­ily has never gone away.

“He is missed so much by his broth­ers, sis­ters, me, his fa­ther and his kids, and we live with that ev­ery day.

“From the minute I re­ceived that phone call telling me Andy has been mur­dered my own life was shat­tered and has never been the same.

“It makes me an­gry that the peo­ple who mur­dered Andy are still able to walk the streets be­cause they have never been brought to jus­tice.

“We have been left to strug­gle on with life, spend­ing Christ­mases Mum Donna Smith (top) and her son Andy Allen with­out Andy, birthdays pass­ing where he isn’t here.

“His own chil­dren have been left to grow up with­out him and all the time the men who did it are able to en­joy all those special times with their fam­i­lies.

“They hide be­hind masks, de­cid­ing who is in­no­cent and who is guilty — act­ing on the au­thor­ity of no-one only them­selves.

“It is wrong and it needs to stop.

“It should have stopped long be­fore now.

“They won’t lis­ten to me — they don’t care about our fam­ily or about any­body else whose lives they de­stroy and it is sad that this is still go­ing on and that it is still be­ing tol­er­ated.

“It is never go­ing to be ac­cept­able to shoot any­body. That isn’t jus­tice, it’s just wrong, and I will never un­der­stand how any­one can think it isn’t wrong.”

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