04 January 2006

Hitman who killed Robb was former soldier

Daily Ireland

Former LVF member was victim of contract killing - Daily Ireland reveals new details about the weekend murder of Co Armagh loyalist gun-runner Lindsay Robb in Scotland

Ciarán Barnes

The man being hunted by Scottish police for the murder of Co Armagh loyalist gun-runner Lindsay Robb is a former member of the British army.
Daily Ireland has also learned that Robb, who was stabbed a total of 19 times on New Year’s Eve, was the victim of a contract killing.
It has also emerged that a Glasgow criminal, who witnessed the murder, identified the killer to Strathclyde police during questioning.
The family of a ten-year-old boy, who also witnessed the attack, has gone into hiding after the juvenile made a statement to the police naming Robb’s murderer.
The knifeman, who is in his 30s and a former member of the British army, is believed to have served in the North during the 1990s. He quit being a soldier a number of years ago because of his drug habit.
Sources in the Ruchazie area of Glasgow, where the murder occurred, said the man is known as a contract killer.
They said that in recent years two murder cases against him have collapsed after witnesses were intimidated into not giving evidence. He is currently in hiding from murder squad detectives.
Initial reports in the hours after the Robb murder said the 38-year-old had been killed after refusing to give a lift or lend money to the ex-soldier.
Daily Ireland understands that the killer’s request for a lift and cash was a ploy to get close enough to Robb to stab him.
The loyalist’s growing involvement in the Glasgow drugs trade is believed to have been the motive for his murder.
Rival gangs in the city were determined not to allow him to muscle in on their business.
“This was definitely a contract killing,” said one source.
“Lindsay Robb had a landscape gardening business, but this was a front for his involvement in drugs. He was getting too big and crossed a couple of people.”
Robb switched allegiances from the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) to the Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF) while serving a ten-year sentence for UVF gun running in 1996. Robb used his network of contacts in Scotland to supply the LVF with cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy.
A favourite trick of his was to use the cover of Rangers games to transport drugs from Scotland to the North in vehicles belonging to LVF sympathisers.
Prior to his gun-running conviction, Robb had been part of the UVF-linked Progressive Unionist Party talks team.
He also provided key evidence in the case against Co Armagh republican Colin Duffy who had been found guilty of murdering a British soldier in 1993.
Duffy was later freed after Robb’s testimony was dismissed by appeal judges and it became clear that his conviction was unsafe.

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