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

More on: Ongoing loyalist in fued

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

 

FIND IT IN YOUR HEART TO HELP A POOR PROD

TODAY we launch an appeal for much-needed funds for loyalist paramilitaries and Loyalist Communities Council (LCC).

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After giving up their criminal campaign, 20 years after they last promised to give up their criminal campaign, the Re-home a Red Hand and Adopt a UDA Man (RRHAUDAM) appeals urgently need your help. For just £50,000 a year could give idle buggers like Sammy from the Shankill a community worker’s job.
It would help to pay for the three holidays a year and the top-of-the-range car which he and his family so badly need. In return, he’ll promise to enrich the culture of his community and lay off doing anyones’ knees. Obviously he’d still be good for a bit of blow (weed) but keep it to yourself. But the suddenly contrite paramilitaries aren’t looking for charity. They will be bringing important job skills to any cushy number they’re offered. They have maths skills from years of working out if Jonty has a kilo of weed how many half ounces can he knock out if he expects a 50 per cent mark up.

Or if a local businessman refuses to pay his £80-a-week protection money how many bricks will it take to do his windows. They have invaluable people skills, honed over decades of dealing with the local community – the bookies, the bar men, the travel agents, the car dealers, the wee girls in the off-licence. And all they want is the chance to give back to their community by getting the jobs few of them have ever bothered getting before. They long to experience life on minimum wage and a zero hours contract because who needs qualifications when you have an overwhelming sense of entitlement. Our appeal so far has raised £1 million from the Tony Blair’s an Angel Who’s Still Fixing the World Foundation.

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VITALLY

It’s a tiny amount compared to the £26 million which was raised by the PIRA in their Northern Bank fundraiser but it was either that or cupcake sales for the next millennium. It’s vitally important that the paramilitaries are shown our love because otherwise they might just keep doing what they’ve always done for the last 20 years. There will be some strays from the path of peace, like Tyrone, South East Antrim, East Belfast and the UPRG who aren’t ready to leave the old ways behind. They will be humanely arrested for blatantly breaking the law, even though they’ve miraculously got away with a life of crime up to now. So please give what you can – support your local loyalist so he doesn’t have to.
With many thanks to: Roisin Gorman. http://roisin.gorman@sundayworld.com. Sunday World.