Thomas Breen murder: Unsolved but never forgotten
Why the CNJ prints an appeal for information every year
06 August, 2021 — By Richard Osley
Thomas Breen with his wife Lorraine
OVER the years the New Journal has devoted thousands of words to the search for Thomas Breen’s killers.
It’s not a palatable thought, after all, that somebody out there was able to kill a man in a busy street and then walk away undetected.
As time passed, it has often been said they may well still be local.
They may be reading this article today, still harbouring a dreadful secret.
His family are realistic about the chances of seeing those responsible in the dock, but every now and then there is a murder case in the UK that is solved many years or decades later.
You can’t blame them for not giving up hope.
Whether our annual appeal for information makes any difference of not, the newspaper does not believe that Mr Breen’s death should simply be forgotten as an unfortunate turn of events, or a half-remembered story from another time.
The natural news cycle means a case like this could go unmentioned: we all move onto the next tragedy, apart from his family.
The CNJ has resolved that this will not be the case with several unsolved murders in our area – including Mr Breen’s tragic death. If you know something that might help, it’s not too late.
It’s a cliché but true: there’s no time limit on justice.