14 October 2005

Family of woman murdered by UDA appeal for information

Belfast Telegraph

Protestant girl beaten to death 18 years ago

By Ashleigh Wallace
14 October 2005

The family of a Protestant woman beaten to death by a UDA gang 18 years ago have renewed their appeal for information on her brutal death.

Lorraine McCausland, from Glencairn in the greater Shankill area of Belfast, was 23 when her semi-naked body was found in a stream behind a community centre in Ballysillan.

She left behind two young sons: five-year-old Stewart and his two-year-old brother Craig.

And in a cruel twist, Craig McCausland - a father-of-one from the Woodvale area - was shot dead in his girlfriend's home earlier this year.

Since Craig's murder, his grieving family have launched a website aimed at getting justice both for the 20-year-old and his mother Lorraine.

Nicola McIlvenny, Craig's cousin, said: "Although the website is about getting justice for Craig, it's also a chance for people who knew Lorraine to leave posts and speak out about what happened to her.

"The Police Ombudsman has been investigating her death for around a year-and-a-half and we are trying to get the case reopened."

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