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RUC Constable was murdered 30 years ago

23 November 2022 - by News Reporter

TUESDAY (November 15) was particularly poignant for the Corbett family, as they remembered full-time Reserve RUC Constable Alan Corbett, who was murdered 30 years ago by an IRA sniper.

Three decades on from his brutal murder, victims group SEFF are still hoping that information to do with his killing will be passed on to the police.

The 25-year-old, who hailed from Banbridge, was taking part in a joint army/police cross-border checkpoint at Belcoo when he was robbed of a promising life.

Alan was born on August 7, 1967, and was brought up on the family farm in Ballyroney.

He was educated at Closkelt Primary School, Rathfriland High School and Banbridge College of Further Education.

The shooting took place at around 11.30pm on the evening of November 14, 1992, but Reserve Constable Corbett died some four hours later in hospital, with members of his family at his bedside.

In 1986, Constable Corbett joined the part-time RUC and in 1990 he moved to the full-time reserve RUC.

In December 1991 he was transferred to Belcoo. It is believed an IRA sniper fired a single shot from high ground 300 yards away.

Kenny Donaldson, SEFF’s director of services, stated: “The Corbett family are highly respected within The SEFF family and much further afield.

“Alan was just 25 years old and had his whole life ahead of him, including a promising career within the Royal Ulster Constabulary. His murder devastated the Corbett family.

“To this day no-one has been held accountable for that murderous act of violence. Alan’s life had worth and it was no-one’s right to extinguish that life.

“We join with the family in calling upon anyone in possession of information concerning the murder to come forward, and to reveal what they know.

“With the passage of time, it is never too late.”

Alan was a member of Drumgooland Presbyterian Church. He was also an officer in the Boys’ Brigade and a Piper in Closkelt Highland Band.

Alan is remembered with honour on one of SEFF’s memorial quilts, A Patchwork of Innocents.

The symbols used are a dog which was a cherished pet, bag pipes and the RUC crest.

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