Somebody knows something: Emotional appeal from sister of Stretford man shot dead in own home 10 years ago

The sister of a Stretford man shot dead in his own home 10 years ago has made an emotional plea for witnesses to come forward.

Andrew Boland was gunned down in his home on Brigade Drive in 2004 and despite police efforts no one has yet been charged.

On the anniversary of his death, his sister Debbie Boland is urging anyone with any information to come forward.

“For ten years we have suffered as a family,” said Ms Boland.

“Not only have we had to try and deal with the upset and emotional trauma caused by my brother’s murder, we have had to endure the frustration of knowing that those responsible have never been brought to justice.”

Two masked men knocked on Mr Boland’s door armed with a gun and threatened his partner’s son, who was just nine-years-old at the time.

After confronting Mr Boland in his living-room, they shot him once in the chest and he later died at Trafford General Hospital.

“We believe someone in the Stretford and Altrincham area knows who is responsible and I would beg those with information to come forward and speak to police for the sake of our family,” said Ms Boland.

Bob Ashton from the Cold Case Review Unit said “Andrew’s family have been suffering for ten years and although any prosecution would not totally heal their pain, it would certainly help them to know that his killers are behind bars.”

“We believe there are people who know who is responsible and I would appeal to them to come forward and break this wall of silence.”

Mr Boland was well known in the area and although there are rumours circulating on who the attackers were, the police are still appealing for anyone with hard evidence to come forward.

Mr Ashton said: “I understand that people may be frightened or concerned about speaking to us but I can assure them that the information they supply will be treated with the strictest of confidence.”

Anyone with any information on Andrew’s murder is asked to contact the police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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