02 June 2005

Daily Ireland

Loyalists say Dorrian suspect "in Scotland"

by Ciaran Barnes c.barnes@dailyireland.com

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One of the suspects in the Lisa Dorrian murder case has fled to Scotland, loyalist sources claimed yesterday.
Reports of the Belfast man's flit across the Irish Sea came on the same day it was revealed that Progressive Unionist Party leader David Ervine had met the Dorrian family to offer the relatives information about the shop assistant's death.
The Ulster Volunteer Force and Red Hand Commando paramilitary groups, to which the PUP is linked, are said to be investigating Ms Dorrian's disappearance.
The suspect who has reportedly fled to Scotland has strong links to the Red Hand Commando in north Belfast.
Another one of those believed to have been involved in Ms Dorrian's death, a Loyalist Volunteer Force drug dealer from east Belfast, has claimed he was abroad at the time of the 25-year-old's disappearance.
The UVF has alleged that the man is a police informer. He has not yet been questioned and is reported to have told friends he has airline tickets to prove he was out of the country at the time.
Detectives have questioned three people so far in the hunt for Ms Dorrian's killers. All three have been released without charge.
One of those questioned is a teenager who was with Ms Dorrian minutes before she disappeared.
The PSNI has said it believes that Ms Dorrian was murdered over a loyalist drug debt.
In a BBC documentary detailing the days leading up to Ms Dorrian's death, her family admitted she had a drug problem.
The family appealed yesterday for information that could lead to the return of her body.
The shop assistant's uncle, Terry Dorrian, said the family would meet anyone who could help them find his niece's body.
He said that, in his meetings with the PUP leader, David Ervine had stressed that his involvement in trying to help the family was humanitarian and that he had no political agenda.
Mr Dorrian said it was important for the wider community that his niece's body be recovered.
"People should hope and pray that this is the last time a young girl's life is taken for no reason," he added.
Mr Ervine told Daily Ireland that he would meet with the Dorrians again if he had any fresh information.
Earlier this month, Mr Ervine said he feared that loyalists might take the law into their own hands unless the police caught Lisa Dorrian's killers.
The family is offering a reward of £10,000 (14,800 Euro) for information leading to the recovery of Lisa's body, but there has been no progress so far.

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