A man suspected of the sectarian murder of three children in Northern Ireland has been found dead in a river.
Raymond Parke was implicated in the killings of brothers Richard, Mark and Jason Quinn, aged 10, nine and eight respectively.
Parke, reportedly a member of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), never stood trial over the brothers’ deaths in a petrol bomb attack at their home in 1998.
A relative of the boys says he hopes the suspected killer “rots in hell”.
He was identified by getaway driver Garfield Gilmour, who was later convicted of manslaughter.
Parke, a father-of-two, was found dead in Coleraine on Thursday, shortly after his worried family issued an appeal for help finding him.
Police are not viewing his death as suspicious.
The three Catholic boys died after the bomb was thrown into the family home in Ballymoney, County Antrim, on July 12, 1998.
Their mum, Chrissie Quinn, survived after jumping out of an upstairs window, the Belfast Telegraph reports .
Brother Lee was not at home when the attack happened as he was staying with his grandparents.
The killings happened hours before a July 12 Orangemen parade in Portadown.
During the week it happened, there were 137 petrol bomb attacks on Catholic homes.
Gimour was jailed for 14 years for his role in the killings.
Giving evidence, he told the court that Parke and another man, Johnny McKay, had carried out the petrol bombing.
Parke was arrested, but never charged.
A spokesman from the Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) said: “A post mortem has been carried out following the death of a man, whose body was discovered in the River Bann, Coleraine on Thursday 31st October.
“The death is not being treated as suspicious.”
With many thanks to the: Daily Mirror and Dave Burke for the original story
These are just some of the children they murdered
David Devine (16), Strabane, Tyrone, shot along with two adult Catholics by SAS.
Pauline Doherty (17), North Belfast, in her house, shot six times by British paramilitary terrorists.
James Doherty (4), West Belfast, shot outside his home.
Gerald Donaghy (17), Derry, in civil rights march, killed along with five other Catholic minors and eight Catholic adults on Bloody Sunday, by British soldiers of the Parachute reg’t and Royal Anglian reg’t, shot in back.
Thomas Donaghy (16), North Belfast, shot dead on way to work along with 18-year-old Margaret McErlean, by British paramilitary terrorists.
Michael Francis Donnelly (14), Silverbridge, Armagh, killed along with two adult Catholics in bomb-and-bullet attack on Donnelly’s Bar; by RUC, UDR and British paramilitary terrorists.
John Dougal (16), West Belfast, shot from British army observation bunker.
Jack Duddy (17), Derry, on Bloody Sunday, by British soldiers, shot in back.
Brian Duffy (15), North Belfast, in a taxi stand, died along with driver, shot by British paramilitary terrorists.
Seamus Duffy (15), North Belfast, shot at close range by RUC rubber bullet.
Bernard Samuel Fox (16), North Belfast, shot by British soldiers.
Margaret Gargan (13), West Belfast, shot by British soldiers who also shot dead Fr. Noel Fitzpatrick as he gave her Last Rites. The bullet that killed Fr. Fitzpatrick passed through him and also killed Patrick Butler. While trying to drag Fr. Fitzpatrick to safety David McCafferty was also shot dead by the soldiers. (The first priest killed was Fr. Hugh Mullan, West Belfast, shot, twice, by British soldiers as he gave Last Rites to another of their victims. An attempt to drag him to safety ended when Frank Quinn was shot dead by the soldiers.)
Rosaleen Gavin (8), North Belfast, shot by British soldiers from an observation post.
Stephen Geddes (10), West Belfast, shot in head at close range by British soldier with rubber bullet.
Gerald Gibson (17), West Belfast, shot in head by British soldiers.
Hugh Gilmore (17), Derry, one of fourteen shot dead on Bloody Sunday.
Rory Gormley (14), West Belfast, while being driven to school by his father, shot by British paramilitary terrorists.
Desmond Healey (14), West Belfast, shot in back by Parachute Reg’t soldier.
Kevin Heatley (12), Newry, Co. Down, shot by British soldier. Kevin’s father later committed suicide.
Daniel Hegarty (16), Derry, shot twice in the head by British soldiers.
Terrence Hennebry (17), South Belfast, shot by British paramilitary terrorists.
Clare Hughes (4), North Belfast, in blast of British paramilitary car-bomb outside Benny’s Pub.
Michael James Hughes (16), Newry, Co. Down, shot by Royal Marine.
Charles Irvine (16), West Belfast, shot by British soldiers at a checkpoint.
Carol Ann Kelly (11), West Belfast, shot in head by British soldier’s rubber bullet as she brought milk home from a nearby shop.
Michael Kelly (17), Derry, shot on Bloody Sunday.
Paul Kelly (17), West Belfast, Shot by British soldiers at a checkpoint.
James Kennedy (15), South Belfast, killed, along with four Catholic adults, in British paramilitary gun attack on betting shop.
James Kerr (17), South Belfast, shot by British paramilitary terrorists.
Julia Livingstone (14), shot in head at close range by a rubber bullet gun mounted on a British armored vehicle.
Brenda Logue (17), Carrickmore, Co. Tyrone, in Omagh atrocity.
Colin Lundy (16), Glengormley, Co. Antrim, burned to death along with his mother when British paramilitary terrorists firebombed their home at 4 a.m.
Eileen Mackin (14), West Belfast, shot by British paramilitary terrorists.
Anne Magee (15), North Belfast, while at work in a grocery, shot in face by British paramilitary terrorists.
Gerald Martin Maginn (17), shot repeatedly in head by RUC.
Andrew Maguire (6 weeks),
Joanne Maguire (8) and
John Maguire (2), West Belfast, all crushed by a car when its driver was shot dead by a British soldier. Their mother later committed suicide.
Hugh Maguire (9), West Belfast, hit by British armored vehicle.
John Mahon (16) Belfast, joyriding in stolen car, shot by RUC.
Jolene Marlow (17), Co. Tyrone, in Omagh bomb blast.
Shane McArdle (17), Markethill, Co. Armagh, at a taxi stand, shot along with Gavin McShane, by RUC/British paramilitary terrorists.
Gerald McAuley (15), West Belfast, shot dead along with an adult Catholic, by British paramilitary terrorists who were also burning down the homes of Catholics on Bombay Street and adjacent streets.
Patrick McCabe (17), North Belfast, shot from a nearby Parachute Reg’t observation post.
Siobhan McCabe (4), West Belfast, shot near her house by British soldiers.
David McCafferty (14), West Belfast, shot by British soldiers while trying to drag to safety Fr. Fitzpatrick who the soldiers had just shot.
James McCallum (16), West Belfast, in British paramilitary bombing of Murtagh’s Pub.
Gary McCartan (17), South Belfast, shot when he opened his front door to British paramilitary terrorists. (British paramilitary terrorists separately murdered his brother, three uncles and a cousin.)
Michael McCartan (16), South Belfast, brother of Gary McCartan, while painting a republican slogan on a wall, shot by RUC.
James Francis McCaughey (13), Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, killed in street along with his friend, Patrick Barnard (13). Joe Mc Guinness aged 13 murdered by the UDA on North Queen Street North Belfast. defending ulster is a dirty business eh boys ?
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TUV leader Jim Allister has called for a probe into the legality of a republican parade in Rasharkin. Mr Allister said that Sunday’s parade in Rasharkin to commemorate “IRA terrorist Gerard Casey” does not seem to have been notified to the Parades Commission.
“It certainly is not mentioned on their website,” he said. “This in a town where there is considerable agitation against any loyalist parade and where any imagined breach of a Parades Commission determination is seized upon by Sinn Fein.
“Yet here we have a case where a Sinn Fein/IRA MLA travels from Belfast to address a parade which appears to have been clearly illegal. “Were the PSNI present at this commemoration of a terrorist? They have no problem finding the manpower to enforce determinations against loyalist parades in Rasharkin.
Where were they today? The PSNI need to act against those involved in the parade, including Maskey.” The News Letter is contacting the Parades Commission and Sinn Fein for comment.
A PSNI spokeswoman said the application for the parade was on the Parade Commission’s website and that it had been appropriately applied for and approved. As such, it would have been policed with an appropriate police presence, as are all approved parades, she added.
The Parades Commission website says the application reference number PAR\83564 was submitted by the Gerard Casey Sinn Féin Cumann, Rasharkin.
With many thanks to the: The Ballymoney Times and Philip Brad field for the original story
FIVE men have been ordered to stand trial accused of a bar room attack on a former leading loyalist.
Aaron Cahoon (28), David Rush (35), David Gibson (45), below, Robert Campbell (33), and Joshua Wylie (20), were part of a group of UDA thugs who beat Darren Moore (pictured above), with a hammer and bats at a pub in Doagh, Co Antrim in March 2017.
They appeared togeather at Belfast Magistrates’ Court yesterday jointly charged with intentionally causing him grievous bodily harm, possessing offensive weapons with intent to commit an indictable offence, and affray.
Moore, in his forties and formerly from the Mount Vernon area of Belfast, was said to have been attacked inside McConnell’s Bar (pictured below). He sustained multiple head fractures, facial lacerations and a puncture wound to his stomach in an assault carried out while he was under threat from loyalists, detectives disclosed previously.
Up to 10 men were said to have launched the attack before escaping in a number of cars. Cahoon, of Cherrymount; Rush, from Ballyvesey Green; Gibson, of Milewater Drive – all in Newtownabbey; Campbell, from Clareville Avenue in Ballyclare; and Wylie, of Galgorm Road in Ballymeana, all deny the charges.
During the preliminary enquiry hearing all five men nodded to confirm they understood the allegations against them. None of them called witnesses or gave evidence at this stage in the proceedings. Backing prosecution submissions that each of the accused has a case to answer, District Judge Fiona Bagnall returned them all for Crown Court trial. She then released them on continuing bail until their arraignment on a date to be fixed. None of of the men were charged with belonging to an illegal organisition namely the UDA.
With many thanks to: The Irish News for the origional story.
Two men have been charged with the murder of a high-profile loyalist after a gun attack in County Antrim.
George Gilmore, who was 44, was shot in the neck while he was in his car
He died in hospital on Tuesday and police described his killing as a “ruthless attack in broad daylight”.
The two men, aged 28 and 35, will appear in court in Belfast on Saturday morning on several charges.
As well as the murder charge they will each face, the men are also accused of two counts of attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
After a meeting of justice ministers from Northern Ireland, the Irish Republic and Scotland at Stormont, Mr Ford revealed he will visit Portlaoise within weeks to examine how it handles top security prisoners.
“As far as I am concerned the prison service is adhering to the agreement that was made with the separated prisoners in August of 2010,” said Mr Ford.
“But there are clear issues around controlled movement which remain to be resolved which cannot be resolved while the difficulties are happening. There are also issues about technology to avoid full body searching. That is an issue that I am concerned we will make progress on for the whole of the Northern Ireland prison service estate.
“And if there are opportunities which develop, that maintain dignity for prisoners and prison staff, and also security for prison and prison staff, then we are willing to implement them.”
Mr Ford said he would explore the possibility of employing new technologies. But the minister added: “At the moment I have no evidence that there is any technology as yet licensed for use within Northern Ireland that would meet all our needs.”
The Republic’s justice minister Alan Shatter said he had full confidence that Mr Ford was dealing with the prison protest appropriately.
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The 57 year-old spokeswoman for the 32 County Sovereignty Movement (CSM) was returned to prison on Monday after Secretary of State Owen Paterson revoked her licence, claiming she posed a significantly increased threat to society.
She had appeared in court in Derry on Monday to face charges of encouraging support for an illegal organisation.
The charge relates to an incident in which Ms Price was pictured holding up a statement read by a masked Real IRA man at a dissident republican rally in Derry on Easter Sunday.
She claimed that the masked man had asked her to hold the sheet and that she had no knowledge of the content of the statement.
She was released on bail on these charges but the court was then informed that the Secretary of State had decided to revoke her licence.
In 1973 Ms Price was jailed for 20 years for her involvement in a PIRA bombing campaign in London.
However, instead of sending the 57 year-old to Hydebank Wood women’s jail, where every other female prisoner is held, a Prison Service spokesman confirmed that a decision had been taken to instead send her to Maghaberry for “operational reasons”.
It is understood that Ms Price is now being held on a prison wing in Maghaberry on her own.
The women’s wing at Maghaberry was closed in 2004 with all female inmates being transferred to Hydebank.
However it is understood the decision to incarcerate Ms Price in Maghaberry has led to a “logistical headache” for prison chiefs, who may now have to consider re-opening a dedicated wing for female republican prisoners at the Co Antrim jail.
Republican and loyalist male inmates are already held on separate wings inside the Co Antrim prison, because of their paramilitary allegiances.
Ms Price is understood to have insisted that she is entitled to be treated as a republican prisoner and not expected to associate with `ordinary’ inmates.
A Prison Service spokesman said it did not discuss individual cases.
Security sources have confirmed that prison chiefs will now be forced to consider opening a female republican wing, if any other women are remanded in custody on dissident charges.
At present a number of females are awaiting trial in connection with dissident activities.
However, all have so far been released on bail while awaiting trial.
In 1973 Ms Price was jailed for life for her part in the PIRA bombing campaign in London which injured 200 people, including one man who died as a result of a heart attack.
Ms Price, her sister Dolours and Sinn Fein’s Gerry Kelly later went on hunger strike for 200 days to be repatriated to serve their sentences in Northern Ireland.
The Price sisters were returned to Armagh Prison in 1974.
In 1980 Marian Price was released from Armagh jail after then Secretary of State Humphrey Atkins granted her a Royal Prerogative of Mercy (RPM), as she was seriously ill and suffering from anorexia and tuberculosis.
“She is rapidly reaching a point where she cannot any longer be treated in prison,” a Prison Service spokesman said at the time.
“We have taken the most expert medical advice in this matter and the Secretary of State (for Northern Ireland) has made his decision on humanitarian grounds in the hope that her condition may be checked.”
Ms Price’s legal team are now understood to be preparing to launch a legal challenge, arguing that the Secretary of State was not legally entitled to order that the 57-year-old should be returned to prison, as she had been released by Royal Prerogative of Mercy and not on licence.
However, a Northern Ireland Office spokesman last night insisted that Mr Paterson had been entitled to order Ms Price’s return to prison, claiming that she while she had been granted an Royal Prerogative of Mercy, she had also been released on licence at the same time.
“She was granted a Royal Prerogative of Mercy on the determinate sentence she received, but she was also released on licence for the indeterminate sentence she had also received.’’
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