24 April 2006

Is McWilliams flexing those muscles again?

Sunday Life

'Put him back in jail' call after Wright's killer linked to vicious assault in Newry

By Sunday Life Reporter
23 April 2006

THE leader of a loyalist victims group last night called for INLA killer Christopher 'Crip' McWilliams to be sent back to prison following allegations that he had become re-involved with dissident republicans in south Down.

Willie Frazer of Families Acting for Innocent Relatives (FAIR) said police should investigate claims that the man who shot dead LVF mass murderer Billy Wright was part of a gang that assaulted the brother of Sinn Fein MP Conor Murphy in Newry last month.

Declan Murphy (43) and a friend had just left a bar in the city centre when two cars pulled up alongside them.

A number of men got out and began attacking the Newry and Armagh MP's brother with baseball bats and iron bars.

Republican sources in Newry said McWilliams had been identified as one of the attackers.

Sunday Life also understands that he has been associating with know INLA figures in south Down for some time.

Frazer claimed McWilliams' re-involvement with paramilitaries breached the terms of his early release and he should be returned to prison immediately.

He said: "This man should not be walking the streets.

"McWilliams is actively involved with dissident republicans, who still pose a threat.

"Secretary of State Peter Hain should revoke his licence and return him to prison without any further delay."

McWilliams was freed from jail in October 2000 under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

Along with fellow INLA killers John Kennaway and John 'Sonny' Glennon, he had served fewer than two years of a life sentence for the 1997 killing of LVF boss Wright.

Since then McWilliams has been living in Newry's Derrybeg estate.

In 2001, Sunday Life revealed that he was fighting leukaemia and had to have a bone marrow transplant at a Dublin hospital.

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