15 May 2006

Sick loyalist website revels in abuse about teen murder victim

Belfast Telegraph

By Claire McNeilly
15 May 2006

Police were last night urged to investigate a loyalist website over its comments about murdered Ballymena schoolboy Michael McIlveen.

The extremist website makes derogatory remarks about Michael and his family in a video featuring news reports on his death.

The Belfast Telegraph was alerted to the material last night by an angry caller, who, though a loyalist himself, described the site as "disgusting".

The website also features footage of the Milltown cemetery murders carried out by loyalist Michael Stone in 1987.

The DUP's Ian Paisley Jr last night condemned the site.

He said: "This sort of thing is just filthy and doesn't deserve credibility or the attention it craves."

SDLP man John Dallat called for the police and the Government to take action.

"I think in the dying kicks of loyalism, there appear to be no depths to which they'll not stoop and attacking the dead is the lowest form of life," he said.

"The police need to take action and the Government needs to bring on board legislation to deal with these things immediately. People expect protection, especially a family at this extremely difficult time."

Michael, who was a pupil at St Patrick's College, died last Monday, a day after being attacked by a gang at Garfield Place in Ballymena.

Last night, DUP leader Ian Paisley declined to comment on whether or not he be would attending the funeral later this week, amid speculation that he is to join mourners in Ballymena.

Meanwhile, the family of murdered north Belfast schoolboy Thomas Devlin has conveyed its condolences to the McIlveens.

His mother Penny Holloway told the Sunday Life newspaper that Michael's murder had brought back the horror of her own son's killing.

"We have sent a message to the McIlveen family," she said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this tragic time."

She added: "Once again, our society has witnessed the senseless waste of such a young life. Like Thomas, Michael had his whole life in front of him - and he has been robbed of that."

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