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DNA testing pending in postal worker murder case, court hears

Forensic testing is to be carried out on strands of hair from a man accused of the 1994 murder of Newry postal worker Frank Kerr.

The information was revealed at a bail variation hearing for James Seamus Fox (60) of Carewamean Road, Jonesborough at Newry Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Fox is charged with the murder of Mr Kerr (52), from Camlough, who was shot dead in a botched raid on the Royal Mail Sorting Office in Newry in November 1994.  

He is further charged with possession of a firearm, robbery and membership of a proscribed organization.

More than £130,000 was stolen in the heist carried out by members of the IRA.

Earlier this year, detectives from the PSNI’s Legacy Investigations Branch brought forward the charges against Mr Fox.

Providing an update at Wednesday’s hearing, an investigating officer told the court that some DNA from the original investigation was not found where it should be but revealed that “there is DNA on the postal uniforms as well as outstanding forensic matters”.

“We are now expecting DNA results from seven hair strands, which will start next week,” the officer said.  “We expect there to be results by mid-January to February.”

District Judge Eamon King agreed to a variation of Mr Fox’s bail conditions, reducing his requirement to sign in at a police station from three times a week to just once.