04 June 2006

Rogue UDA gang copy Mad Dog

Sunday Life

By Sunday Life Reporter
04 June 2006

A ROGUE UDA gang is suspected of copying the tactics of their one-time hero Johnny Adair to paint-bomb a young, disabled gay man's home.

He was forced to flee his home - in the Co Down village of Killyleagh - after a window at the house was smashed and beer bottles filled with paint were splattered inside.

The gang has copied a tactic perfected by Adair during his time as commander of the UDA's notorious Shankill 'C' company and switched to using paint-bombs because they can no longer access their arsenal of pipe-bombs.

Malcolm McCormick gave Sunday Life an interview last year in which he alleged that, because he was gay, he was being discriminated against as he socialised in Belfast.

A homophobic motive was one line of PSNI inquiry in the immediate aftermath of the attack on his Braeside Gardens home.

But it is now suspected the renegade gang targeted Mr McCormick because they did not approve of a man who was visiting his home.

Sources suggest they have also previously used the same paint-bomb tactic to target a Catholic home in the same Killyleagh estate.

The Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC) has already been asked by SDLP MLA Margaret Ritchie to rule if the activities of this UDA-linked gang - which has included gang members visiting houses and ordering people out of the village - is in line with the paramilitary group's pledge that it is putting its violent past behind it.

Said Mrs Ritchie: "Community policing is about the community giving information and working in co-operation with the police."

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