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“Extraordinary concern” has been expressed over the timing of the investigation into the death of Belfast school student Noah Donohoe.

The interrogation is planned over three weeks starting November 28 to look into the death of the 14-year-old who had been missing for six days before being found dead in a stormwater drain in the city in June 2020.

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He disappeared while cycling from his home in South Belfast to visit friends across the city.

Police have denied wrongdoing.

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Noah’s mother, Fiona Donohoe, is leading an expedition to answer questions surrounding her son’s mysterious disappearance and death.

Brenda Campbell Casey, on behalf of the family, explained a pre-inquiry review hearing of a number of issues they would like to raise, including the allotted time and submissions around the jury.

She was speaking as the remote hearing had to be put on hold on Friday due to technical issues.

“We don’t want to lose any momentum,” he said.

“We are particularly concerned about the date of the investigation, the amount of work to be done and the time required for the investigation, and these are all issues that we wanted to raise today.”

Earlier this month High Court judge Mr Justice Michael Humphries, Northern Ireland’s presiding coroner, upheld a police application to withdraw sensitive material from the investigation into the school student’s death.

He said the disclosure of the information would pose a real risk to the public interest, but stressed that none of the material under the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s controversial Public Interest Immunity (PII) application is of “central relevance” to those questions. Who will trace the scheduled investigation.

Another date has been fixed for holding the pre-inquiry review hearing.—PA

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