THE Police Service of Northern Ireland has repeatedly refused requests by this newspaper to provide answers into what officers knew about the litany of sex attacks carried out by paedophile David Sullivan in the decades before his brutal murder.
This newspaper has learned in recent weeks that the former Ulsterbus driver sexually molested young men, including schoolboys, for many years. This newspaper understands that police were informed of some of the loner’s depraved actions but did nothing.
The PSNI has again refused this week to clarify precisely what police knew at the time with a spokeswoman in a statement yesterday (Wednesday) saying: “The case of the murder of David Sullivan remains unsolved and a review into his murder was conducted in 2003. 
“Currently there are no active lines of enquiry but as with all cases, this position will be reviewed should new evidence come to light.”
However, Head of Public Protection Branch Detective Chief Superintendent Paula Hilman has confirmed that her team havsspent the last week responding to reports of sexual abuse in The Impartial Reporter. 
“Since meeting with the Impartial Reporter we have begun making contact with victims who have bravely come forward to report what happened to them and we will continue to do so to establish the extent of the reports of historical sexual abuse cases. I continue to make the offer for my team of specially trained detectives within Public Protection Branch to meet with any of these victims to explore these incidents further.”
Asked about the case relating to ‘Michael’ who was abused by Sullivan and police advised his family to “drop it”, Detective Hilman said: “As I am sure you can appreciate, I wasn’t there at the time and cannot make comment about what a particular officer said. In 2019 we have specialised trained officers who will speak to any of the victims who want to speak to us.”