Article from the Mar. 2005 issue of the Socialist
newspaper of the Socialist Party, Irish section of the CWI

"UVF are protecting my son's killers"

THE GRIP of the paramilitaries extends to all working class areas. In recent years there have been a number of similar killings to the killing of Robert McCartney in loyalist areas.

John Allen was shot dead in his brother Aaron's flat in Ballyclare on 8 November 2003. His mother Mavis Wilson told The Socialist that she has no doubt that members of the UVF were responsible.

"My son Aaron was badly assaulted by the son of a prominent member of the UVF. He was in intensive care and nearly died. John challenged members of the UVF about the attack on his brother. He was threatened but refused to leave the country. They murdered him because he stood up to them. Eight days after John's death I was assaulted by a member of the UVF. I am taking him to court but the witnesses have been intimidated and I am still being intimidated.

The UVF leadership said it was nothing to do with them. The men who are responsible are walking free and no-one has been charged. Everyone knows who did it but we have had no justice".

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