It has been ten years since one of the most horrific incidents in the Coleraine area took place after 14-year-old Ryan Quinn, was killed by a train when he became trapped at a cattle grid after it is believed he was chased by a number of people.
January 30, 2009, it’s a date that is still raw in the minds of Coleraine people, especially as no-one has been brought to book, or the series of events leading up to Ryan’s death been explained.
It was widely reported that Ryan became stuck at a cattle grid near Dhu Varren Halt, Portrush, following an argument and assault by a number of men and a chase through fields towards the railway line.
People wonder that no-one has been charged in relation to Ryan’s death said DUP MLA Maurice Bradley, who was working in the local press at the time of the incident.
“Ryan was an extremely popular young man, he had his whole life ahead of him, and that is what makes his death all the more horrific.
“The Coroner’s Court at the time stated: Ryan had suffered multiple injuries including spinal fractures and severed limbs. The coroner’s court also explained how heavy bruising supported the conclusion that his hand had been trapped in a wooden cattle grid at the railway crossing.
“This friends in the close-knit Heights community held several memorial challenge games in his memory up to the time his mother Lisa left the area and has since re-married.
“Ten years on I would appeal to anyone who knows anything, no matter how small they may think it to be, to contact the PSNI on 101 or the confidential Crimestoppers number 0800 555 111, it could be the vital clue needed to help bring closure to Ryan’s mum and dad Ivan and Lisa; their close family circle and extended family circle and friends,” concluded Bradley.