A MAN has allegedly confessed to killing Belfast teenager Noah Donohoe in June of last year, after months of police insistence that he died in an accident.
As reported by The Sunday World, a prisoner allegedly confessed to assaulting, abducting and killing the schoolboy before disposing of his body; the prisoner allegedly confessed the crime to another prisoner, who went to the police following his release and provided a "detailed" account of the confession.
The outlet reports that the prisoner "broke down" and confessed to killing Noah on 21 June last year after attacking him in the Northwood area; the man claimed he was in the area that day to carry out a vigilante attack with a friend on a sex offender.
14-year-old Noah went missing on 21 June 2020 after he left home to meet friends in a park to work on their Duke of Edinburgh project for school.
He was later seen in the Shore Road region of north Belfast, a part of town he was reportedly unfamiliar with, where he was spotted cycling naked and falling off his bike, which police said at the time could have indicated a head injury.
His body was found six days later, deep inside a storm drain; his cause of death was found to be from drowning.
Police said at the time that there was no foul play suspected in his death, but his mother, Fiona Donohoe, and Noah's extended family have repeatedly called for further investigations into his death, saying many questions remained around his disappearance and death.
According to Belfast Telegraph, Noah's family and legal team are taking the new allegations extremely seriously, and the PSNI declined to comment due to the ongoing investigation.
The new revelations have been addressed by multiple Northern Ireland politicians, with UUP leader Dough Beattie writing on social media that it is "important the police look at this claim for the family and for public confidence".
He added that while "the coroner has asked for speculation to stop .... the Chief Constable of the PSNI can assist with a statement around this particular issue. I will be writing to ask tht he does so."
He signed off the tweet with the hashtag '#Justice'.
Noah's mother, Fiona, took to Twitter on Sunday where she said that those who "expected me to believe my beautiful boy willingly stripped and went into a pitch black storm drain will have to explain that narrative. #JusticeForNoahDonohoe'.