Car park murder victim becomes another victim to the ongoing loyalist feud was a member of SEA UDA

The man shot dead in front of his son in a supermarket car park in County Down on Sunday has been named locally as Colin Horner (pictured below).

South East Antrim UDA feud victim Colin Horner.

Colin Horner paid the same price for badmouthing his one-time UDA god-fathers as his own former South East Antrim UDA boss Geordie Gilmore.

Geordie Gilmore

He was living just across Belfast Lough in Bangor, where he was gunned down in a retail mall car park in front of young kids in broad daylight yesterday afternoon.

The car park where the assassination took place.

James Colin Honer, 35, was holding his three-year-old boy in his arms as the gunman opened fire, he was unmasked.

Sainsbury’s employee Robson McCracken told the Belfast Telegraph: “A car drew up and shot a man in the car park, just outside the store. There was panic in the store, with trolleys abandoned everywhere. “First aiders from Sainsbury’s kept the victim alive until the ambulance team arrived,” he said.

Sources say some of those very close to pointing the finger at and identifying those who carried out the murder of Gilmore. Meantime, the catalogue of loyalist gangs internal feud escalate. Just last August former UDA heavy John ‘Bonzer’ Borland was the victim of a point-blank assassination.

Boreland and fellow convicted criminal Andre “The Bookie’s Brigadier’ Shoukri were both kicked out of the mainstream UDA and were taken under the wing of the SEA Brigade, who had already split from the loyalist terror gang’s so-called ‘inner council’!

But the fact remains that the file of ‘get-away-with-it’ loyalist feud continues to grow, and the RUC/PSNI have still not charged anyone on the ‘loyalist feud’ with any paramilitary offences including membership of an illegal organistion? When this is quite the opposite on the republican side (political policing) comes to mind.

Meanwhile, the murders continue to grow, dating back to the UVF killing of Bobby Moffett on Belfast’s Shankill Road in May, 2010, and before that the shooting dead of UDA godfather Jim ‘Doris Day’ Gray in East Belfast in October 2005, among other blatant killings that are still on the books and still not solved.

 

Another man arrested in Carrickfergus over SEA UDA murder of loyalist George Gilmore

More on ongoing UDA – SEA UDA feud – And still no charges of belonging to an illegal organistion!!

 A 23-year-old man has been arrested by detectives investigating the murder of high-profile loyalist George Gilmore.

George GilmoreGeorge Gilmore was shot in the neck in a “ruthless attack in broad daylight” police said

A 32-year-old woman arrested earlier on Sunday has been released.

The PSNI also carried out a search connected to the murder and an ongoing loyalist feud in the Trailcock Road area.

Mr Gilmore, who was 44, was shot in the neck while he was in his car in Cafrrickfergus on Monday afternoon. He died in hospital on Tuesday.

Charged

Two men have appeared in court charged with murdering the high-profile loyalist.

Brian Roy McLean, 35, of The Birches, Carrickfergus, and 28-year-old Samuel David McMaw, of Starbog Road, Kilwaughter, appeared at Laganside Court on Saturday.

They were jointly charged with murdering Mr Gilmore on Monday, the attempted murders of two other people on the same day and possessing a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life.

In court, both the accused spoke only to confirm their names and that they understood the charge.

There was no application for bail and both were remanded in custody.

Two men appear in court over murder of SEA UDA loyalist George Gilmore

 Latest news: In ongoing loyalist feud but the true question remains:”Why were they not charged with belonging to an illegal organistion”?

 Two men have appeared in court charged with murdering high-profile loyalist George Gilmore.

Mr Gilmore, who was 44, was shot in the neck while he was in his car in Carrickfergus on Monday afternoon.

He died in hospital on Tuesday.

George GilmoreGeorge Gilmore was shot in a “ruthless attack in broad daylight” police said.

Brian Roy McLean, 35, of The Birches Carrick and 28-year-old Samuel David McMaw of Starbog Road, Kilwaughter appeared at Laganside Court on Saturday.

They were jointly charged with murdering Mr Gilmore on Monday, the attempted murders of two other people on the same day and possessing a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life.

In court, both the accused spoke only to confirm their names and that they understood the charge.

There was no application for bail and both were remanded in custody, to appear again by video-link next month.

As they were taken from the dock, supporters who had packed into the court leapt to their feet, clapping and cheering.

Two men charged over murder of SEA UDA loyalist George Gilmore in ongoing loyalist fued

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George Gilmore
George Gilmore was shot in a “ruthless attack in broad daylight”, police said

Two men have been charged with the murder of a high-profile loyalist after a gun attack in County Antrim.

George Gilmore, who was 44, was shot in the neck while he was in his car

Police forensic officers at the scene of the shootingImage copyrightPRESS EYE
Image captionPolice sealed off part of Pinewood Avenue as they investigated the attack on Monday

He died in hospital on Tuesday and police described his killing as a “ruthless attack in broad daylight”.

The two men, aged 28 and 35, will appear in court in Belfast on Saturday morning on several charges.

As well as the murder charge they will each face, the men are also accused of two counts of attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Leading Loyalist George Gilmore South East Antrim UDA – Dies after Carrickfergus Shooting

  • Leading loyalist George Gilmore dies after Carrickfergus shooting
    Forensics at the scene of the shooting in Carrickferus last night Picture by Hugh Russell
  • Leading loyalist George Gilmore dies after Carrickfergus shooting
    George ‘Geordie’ Gilmore, who was shot in Carrickfergus
  • Leading loyalist George Gilmore dies after Carrickfergus shooting
    Forensics at the scene of the shooting in Carrickfergus last night. Picture by Hugh Russell
  • Leading loyalist George Gilmore dies after Carrickfergus shooting
    Heavily armed police raid a house near the scene of yesterday’s shooting. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
  • Leading loyalist George Gilmore dies after Carrickfergus shooting
     Geordie Gilmore suffered life-threatening injuries after being shot in the neck in Carrickfergus. Picture by Hugh Russell
  • Leading loyalist George Gilmore dies after Carrickfergus shooting
    Leading loyalist Geordie Gilmore who was shot on Monday
  • Leading loyalist George Gilmore dies after Carrickfergus shooting
    Gilmore was in a defiant mood just hours before the attack, posting on Facebook “The days of the UDA putting people out of Carrick are over”.
  • Leading loyalist George Gilmore dies after Carrickfergus shooting
    Heavily armed police raid a house near the scene of yesterday’s shooting in Carrickfergus. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
  • Leading loyalist George Gilmore dies after Carrickfergus shooting
    Gilmore, aged in his 40s was shot in the neck by an unmasked gunman. picture by Hugh Russell
  • Leading loyalist George Gilmore dies after Carrickfergus shooting
    Geordie Gilmore jnr posted on Facebook within an hour of the gun attack on his father
  • Leading loyalist George Gilmore dies after Carrickfergus shooting
    Forensics at the scene of the shooting in Carrickferus last night Picture by Hugh Russell.
  • Leading loyalist George Gilmore dies after Carrickfergus shooting
    Forensics at the scene of the shooting in Carrickferus last night Picture by Hugh Russell
  • Leading loyalist George Gilmore dies after Carrickfergus shooting
    George ‘Geordie’ Gilmore, who was shot in Carrickfergus

Police have launched a murder investigation after a leading loyalist who was shot in Carrickfergus yesterday died.

Head of Serious Crime Branch Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray said while the investigation into George ‘Geordie’ Gilmore’s murder was at an early stage “we have definite lines of enquiry”.

“I would appeal to local people to help us identify the person or persons who orchestrated and carried out this ruthless attack in broad daylight,” he added.

“Those involved had no consideration for the local community when they carried out their attack in a residential street populated with families, young children and older people. Help us remove them from your community and place them before the courts.”

There has been a heavy police presence on the streets of the Co Antrim town amid fears of reprisals after the shooting.

Gilmore was shot in the neck as he sat in his car in Pinewood Avenue in an attack linked to an ongoing feud between loyalist factions.

Just hours earlier the 44-year-old had posted on Facebook: “The days of the UDA putting people out of Carrick are over.”

Eyewitnesses say an unmasked gunman walked up to Gilmore’s car and fired several shots though the window shortly after 2pm.

Police wearing protective masks later carried out raids on properties in the area.

The victim’s son, Geordie Gilmore jnr, posted on Facebook: “We’ll see who looks over there (sic) shoulders for the rest of their days.”

In July last year there was a tense stand-off between rival loyalists at the home of Gilmore snr, with video footage posted online.

It showed a mob of around 100 men, some of them masked, marching towards the house in the Glenfield estate.

Gilmore moved there in 2013 after his luxury property at Sullatober Square in Carrickfergus was sold when he was convicted of mortgage fraud.

Loyalist sources have cited a fall-out between a number of women, including the girlfriend of a senior UDA man, as sparking the trouble last summer.

Since then there have been several shootings and dozens have people received death threats.

Several men have also appeared in court on weapons charges.

Last year Gilmore was arrested and questioned in connection with the disappearance of Carrickfergus man Mark Gourley.

Mr Gourley, who was described as a “vulnerable individual”, was believed to have been murdered over an unpaid debt.

The victim, from the Castlemara estate in Carrickfergus, was reported missing in March 2009 and his remains have never been found.

District Commander Superintendent Darrin Jones said on Tuesday morning that involvement of paramilitary criminals was one possibility.

“In the hours after the shooting local police, supported by members of the PSNI’s Armed Response Units and colleagues from Air Support Unit, carried out a number of searches across Carrickfergus and maintained a robust presence in the area throughout the night. This very visible police operation will continue as we continue to gather evidence and investigate this brutal crime.

“It is just unacceptable that someone would produce a weapon and open fire in any circumstances however it is particularly chilling that this attack, this murder bid, took place in broad daylight, in a residential street populated with families, young children and older people. That is simply shocking in a civilised society.

“I am renewing my appeal to local people to assist us with our enquiries and to help us identify the person or persons who orchestrated and carried out this ruthless attack. We want to apprehend them and place them before the courts to answer for their crimes, and we can only do that with your help and support.

“While a definitive motive for the shooting has not been established and we are exploring a number of possible lines of enquiry, I can say that at this time the involvement of paramilitary criminals is one possibility. Obviously as the investigation is at a very early stage I cannot expand further upon that at present.”

Alliance East Antrim MLA Stewart Dickson condemned the attack.

“This is an appalling act, particularly as it was carried out in broad daylight in a residential area,” he said.

“Guns have no place on our streets and despicable actions of this nature have absolutely no place in our society. Those behind this incident do not speak for the community and I appeal for calm following it.

“If anyone has information on this incident, I would ask they pass it to police immediately.”

Detectives investigating the shooting appealed to anyone with information to contact them on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

14 March, 2017 01:00NEWS