Inquest into shooting of Derry man concludes

The girlfriend of a Derry man who was shot dead in front of her at their Waterside home has said that whoever did it 'should not be walking the streets.'

Jennifer Cowley was speaking after the inquest into the fatal shooting of 28-year-old doorman Bryan McGlynn on June 3 2007.

The inquest heard that Mr. McGlynn died after being shot twice at close range with a shotgun with the second shot being fired after he had fallen on to his knees. The INLA subsequently claimed responsibility for the shooting.

Detective Superintendent Frankie Taylor that at 3.45 a.m. on June 3 2007 Mr. McGlynn was in bed at his home in Fountain Hill in Derry's Waterside when the door was broken in and at least one gunman entered the bedroom and shot Mr. McGlynn.

He said the man would have died instantly.
The coroner, Mr. John Lecky, asked the Detective Taylor about reports that Mr. McGlynn had been involved in drug dealing.

The police officer said there had been a lot of speculation, not all of it accurate, but that Mr. McGlynn had never been arrested for drug dealing.

He told the inquest that two cars were used in the shooting, a Ford Escort and a Vauxhall Astra, but neither they nor the murder weapon had ever been recovered.

The coroner asked if Mr. McGlynn's death could have been part of an INLA feud and Superintendent Taylor said that while Mr. McGlynn's past may have played a part in his death he was not a member of the INLA.

The police officer said that 12 people had been arrested for the murder but no one had been made amenable and he described the killing as a 'brutal execution.'
The dead man's girlfriend, Jennifer Cowley, then gave evidence and said that it had been a 'terrifying experience'. She said that they had not been expecting any sort of attack.

She said that Mr. McGlynn had thrown her flat on the bed and that the gunman had opened fire almost immediately.
The coroner ruled that Mr. McGlynn died as a result of two shotgun wounds to his torso, that the INLA had claimed responsibility and no motive was apparent.

Speaking afterwards Ms Cowley said her boyfriend had been 'executed' and that no one should have to die like that.

She said they could think of no reason why Bryan had been shot and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

She described the night he was shot and said that everything had happened in a matter of seconds. She also said that she had not gone back to the house they had shared.