MINACCE LEALISTE CONTRO UNO DEI FIGLI DELLA VITTIMA DELL’OMICIDIO SETTARIO
Non è bastata la morte del 49enne cattolico Kevin McDaid, non è bastato il pestaggio inflitto alla moglie Evelyn, protestante. Il PSNI ha informato uno dei loro figli, di aver avuto notizia di minacce nei suoi confronti da parte lealista.
Al momento la polizia ha dichiarato di non poter fornire ulteriori dettagli perchè c’è un’indagine in corso.
Nel frattempo il capo della polizia ha chiesto al Police Ombudsman di investigare sul presunto mancato intervento in soccorso di McDaid durante il pestaggio. L’assistente capo ha subito ridimensionato le accuse spiegando che gli agenti sono arrivati sul posto subito dopo la chiamata ma vista la foga e la violenza degli scontri corpo corpo che conivolgevano circa 60 persone, hanno dovuto inizialmente desistere e concentrarsi nel prestare soccorso.
Sono 11 attualmente gli uomini arrestati, tra cui un ragazzo di 15 anni. Altri 2 sono stati rilasciati senza accusa.
Loyalist threat against dead man’s son (Coleraine Times)
Loyalist paramilitaries have issued a threat against one of the sons of murdered Coleraine father Kevin McDaid.
Assistant Chief Constable Alistair Finley said today that he was aware that police had issued the son with information to suggest that there “was some degree of threat”.
However ACC Finley said that he was not going to comment on what is an on-going investigation.
Meanwhile the chief constable has asked the Police Ombudsman to investigate claims that his officers stood by and did not intervene as Kevin McDaid was attacked.
The Catholic father-of-four was beaten to death by a gang of men near his Somerset Drive home on Sunday evening after Rangers won the Scottish league title.
Eleven people, including a 15-year-old youth, are being questioned. Two other men have been released without charge.
It’s been claimed by the McDaid family that those who attacked Mr McDaid stated that they were from the UDA.
However, Assistant Chief Constable Alistair Finlay said there was “no evidence this was anything other than a maverick group of yobs”.
“This group made their way down from a pub intent on violence,” Mr Finlay said.
“There is no suggestion it was in any way organised by any particular group. “This was a group of about 15 males who went on a rampage with devastating consequences.”
Mr Finlay, who defended the police’s handling of the incident, also denied a claim by Mr McDaid’s family that officers stood by while he was being attacked.
“This is not something that we’re aware of, but if anybody has any information on that we would ask them to contact us and share that information with us,” Mr Finlay said.
“Police arrived very quickly after the initial phone calls, and there were up to 60 people engaged in hand-to-hand fighting.
“Two neighbourhood police officers moved to make an initial arrest of one of the main aggressors, but such was the hostility of the crowd that they had to withdraw and move to rendering first aid.
“They were joined very quickly by a second two officers, who immediately rendered first aid on Mr McDaid, including CPR, in an attempt to save his life.”
Mr Finlay said he believed there were tensions in the Heights area after Rangers won the Scottish Premier League over rivals Celtic.
“The indication was that the community in the Heights believed that there was to be some sort of band parade and that there would be a number of exhibitions of triumphalism coming from the loyalist community,” he said.
“In response to that there was the building of barricades and the raising of some flags.
“We achieved, as we understood, a settlement where the barricades were removed, and indeed Kevin was part of the removal.
“He was speaking to the community policing sergeant only 45 minutes before his death.
“The build-up to this was tension, but our understanding was that tension had been diffused.
“Events moved very quickly as this maverick group of people moved down in response to flags being put up in the Heights and, as we understand it, sought to try to take down those flags.
“That then led to the group disturbance where Kevin lost his life.”