FOTOREPORTER PICCHIATO AL FUNERALE DELLO ‘SHANKILL BUTCHER’ WILLIAM MOORE
Un fotoreporter è stato trasportato in ospedale dopo essere stato aggredito durante i funerali di William Moore, membro della sanguinaria banda degli ‘Shankill Butchers’, morto la scorsa domenica.
L’uomo stava utilizzando un teleobiettivo per riuscire a carpire le immagini dei funerali quando, mentre scendeva dall’auto, è stato aggredito da una banda di 6 uomini.
Alan Lewis della Northern Ireland Press Photographers Association, ha affermato che il fotografo è stato circondato e picchiato ed ha aggiunto: “Mi risulta che non sia in pericolo la vita, ma si è trattato di un grave pestaggio”.
La polizia aveva avvisato i media di mantenersi a distanza dal funerale.
Un breve servizio di U TV su William Moore
Press man beaten at UVF funeral (BBC News Northern Ireland)
A press photographer has been treated in hospital after being attacked by a gang at the funeral of a UVF killer.
William Moore, 60, a member of the Shankill Butchers’ gang, was found dead in his flat in Mount Vernon on Sunday.
The group of loyalist killers conducted a sectarian reign of terror against Catholics in Belfast between 1976 and 1978, killing at least 10 people.
A gang of about six men attacked a photographer covering his funeral on Thursday afternoon.
Alan Lewis of the Northern Ireland Press Photographers Association said that he had been told that the man was surrounded and beaten.
He said that the photographer had been using a long lens to get pictures of the funeral and was attacked when he got out of the car. Some camera equipment was also taken.
“I gather it’s not life threatening but it was a severe beating he took,” Mr Lewis said.
The media had been advised by police to stay away from the funeral.
Moore was given 11 life sentences for his role in the gang’s murders.
Led by Lennie Murphy, many of the Shankill Butchers’ victims were Catholic men, abducted in a taxi as they walked home from pubs in the city centre.
The gang got its name from the butchers’ knives used to torture and kill its victims whose mutilated bodies were later dumped in loyalist parts of the city.
The police initially failed to link the killings but eventually caught up with the gang, several of whose members had links with the Ulster Volunteer Force.
Several members of the gang, including Moore, Sam McAllister and Robert “Basher” Bates, were jailed for life in 1979 but Murphy, who was already in prison on a lesser charge, was eventually assassinated by the INLA in 1983.
Moore, a butcher by trade, had supplied knives used by the UVF to mutilate their victims.
During his trial the court heard he committed throat cuttings himself, and encouraged the gang to torture victims.
He was released from prison in 1998 under the Good Friday Agreement after serving 19 years in prison.