02 January 2006

Ex-paramilitary stabbed to death


Lindsay Robb spent time in jail for gun-running

A former loyalist gun-runner was stabbed to death in a vicious knife attack, police have confirmed.

Lindsay Robb suffered multiple wounds in an assault outside shops in the Ruchazie area of Glasgow on Hogmanay.

Police have appealed for witnesses to the incident in Gartloch Road to contact them.

Mr Robb, 38, had set up home in Airdrie after being released from prison in Northern Ireland under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

Strathclyde Police said they have been "keeping an open mind" about the motive for the killing and said part of the inquiry involved looking at Mr Robb's connections with the Ulster Volunteer Force and Loyalist Volunteer Force.

They have refused to comment on reports that the father of two, who had a part-time job as a gardener, was carrying a large amount of money at the time of his death.

Officers have been questioning passers-by and have also been trying to find the murder weapon.

Maghaberry prison

They have been particularly keen to speak to the occupants of a white Transit van which was parked behind Mr Robb's Ford Fiesta at 1730 GMT on Saturday when Mr Robb was attacked.

He had moved to Scotland and married following his release from prison in 1999.

Mr Robb, originally from Lurgan, was convicted in 1995 for his central part in a loyalist gun-running operation.

The first part of his sentence was served in Scotland and he was then transferred to Maghaberry prison in Northern Ireland.

While there he switched allegiances from the UVF to the LVF and became the first member of that organisation to be freed under the inmate early release scheme which was part of the Stormont peace accord in the late 90s.

Mr Robb was a leading member of the Progressive Unionist Party, which was involved in peace negotiations.

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