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Local belief that Loyalist Paramilitaries are behind Tobermore murder

31 July, 2006

Sinn Féin Assembly member for Mid-Ulster Geraldine Dougan has said that there is a growing belief that loyalist paramilitaries were behind the murder in Tobermore over the weekend.

Ms Dougan said:

"There is a fair degree of anger within the local community at the events in Tobermore on Friday night and the subsequent reporting of the incident as a hit and run accident.

"There is now a growing belief amongst local people that loyalist paramilitaries were responsible for this murder. It appears from eye witness accounts that the victim got into a dispute inside the club with a local loyalist leader. He was then dragged outside a viciously beaten in front of the rest of his friends before being thrown in front of a passing car.

"Local people I have spoken to are bemused at the line initially taken by the PSNI that this was a hit and run accident when it appears to have been common knowledge that this man had been the victim of a brutal assault by loyalists and are openly questioning the motivation behind this action." ENDS

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