20 December 2005

Shankill butcher gets six month ban from driving

Belfast Telegraph

By Maureen Coleman
20 December 2005

A former member of the notorious Shankill Butchers gang was yesterday disqualified from driving for six months and fined a total of £1,150 for motoring offences.

Edward McIlwaine, from Woodvale Avenue off the Shankill Road, was charged with having no test certificate, failing to produce his driving licence, failing to produce an insurance certificate and failing to produce a test certificate.

He was further charged with having no insurance and no driving licence.

The alleged offences took place on October 16 last year at the Ballysillan Road in the north of the city. McIlwaine (52), did not appear in the dock but Belfast Magistrate's Court was told that a medical record was produced stating that the defendant was suffering from depression.

McIlwaine was fined £150 for having no test certificate, £500 for having no insurance and a further £500 for having no driving licence. He was also disqualified for six months on both the no insurance and no driving licence charges, to run concurrently. The failing to produce charges were adjourned until January 9.

Between 1975 and 1977 McIlwaine was part of the loyalist Shankill Butchers gang which carried out 19 murders. During that time random Catholics were picked up at night and murdered with butchers knives, cleavers and axes by the gang.

McIlwaine, who was a former soldier, was sentenced to 15 years in prison in February 1979 for kidnapping, assault and possession of weapons with intent to endanger life.

Maybe the only surviving Murphy brother "Mr A" could console McIlwaine on his continued bad luck...
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