Noah Donohoe’s mother Fiona slams PSNI over potential memory walk prosecution

The mother of tragic schoolboy Noah Donohoe has said she was questioned by police following a march in support of her son through Belfast.

Iona Donohoe took to Twitter to say she was due to appear at the Musgrave PSNI station on Friday for questioning about the march following Noah’s last known movements.

Mystery still surrounds the events leading up to Noah’s death.

On March 28 last year, activists including Noah’s mother and aunt marched in Belfast to highlight their quest for answers to the death of the 14-year-old pupil from St Malachy.

She wrote: “Friday 4th March.. Musgrave POLICE STATION from 3pm…

‘@NiamhDonohoe78 and myself interviewed for prosecution for ‘Parade to Cavehill from City centre’.

“Niamh and I were going for a walk down Noah’s road…which he should have taken…past CCTV’s blind spot on Royal Ave.”

She added: “A few people took this scenic route on their own that day after CCTV on Royal Avenue.. It should be recorded on THESE 180 METERS of people just walking.. Exactly as it should be recorded that Noah was JUST CYCLING.’

On a Facebook page called MyNoah Donohoe, set up to support Fiona and her sister Niamh in their fight for answers, a post read: ‘On Friday March 4 at 3pm, Fiona and Niamh Donohoe will visit Musgrave Police Station to begin the first round of interviews in alleged breaches of the Public Prosecution (NI) Act 1998. Health protection (Corona virus, restrictions) (NI) 2020.

“The only people among hundreds of people at the ‘White Line Show of Support’ to be investigated.”

The statement continued: “Alarmingly, the purported procession proceeded along the same route that Noah Donohoe should have taken on that fateful day, Sunday, June 21, 2020; which includes a 180m stretch of highly guarded road on Royal Ave which the Donohoes have never received and to their knowledge no corporate or professional person has ever seen either.

“The timing of the PSNI’s pre-interview disclosure and intent to proceed with a criminal investigation into Noah’s mother, Fiona, and Aunt Niamh is not only daunting but questionable; why did they wait a year to serve him? The PSNI has clearly returned to intimidation tactics.

Last Friday, Fiona and Niamh were joined by supporters as they gathered at the PSNI headquarters in Belfast.

Fiona has delivered a petition to the PSNI signed by more than 288,000 people protesting a Public Interest Immunity (PII) certificate requested by the police.

Certificates have traditionally been used by authorities to protect the identity of informants.

The PSNI has previously said it wants the certificate in order to protect what police say is a “limited amount” of information held in police files surrounding Noah’s death.

Speaking at the event and the contents of the files, Fiona said: “Whatever it is, for Noah we have to know – we are not going to give up.

“We will do everything to prevent this public interest immunity from going forward.”

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