Special Branch accused on eve of Cory

Ahead of this Thursday’s publication of the Cory report there was further embarassment for Special Branch yesterday when it was reported that a retired RUC detective has claimed that his former colleagues covered up nine murders committed by a UVF informer.

The accusations made by Johnstone ‘Jonty’ Brown, a former sergeant, are contained in three dossiers being investigated by Nuala O’Loan, the Police Ombudsman. Two of the murders being blamed on the informer are those of Portadown teenagers David McIlwaine (18) and Andrew Robb (19) who were both hacked to death near Tandragee four years ago. Back in November the Andersonstown News exclusively revealed that the informer was involved in the murder of the two boys. Speaking to the Andersonstown News in November, David McIlwaine’s father Paul, spoke of his despair at the delay in getting justice for his murdered son and Andrew Robb.

“Everybody’s been blocking us,” said Paul. “We’ve gone to every politician in the country and they don’t want to know.”

“What the PSNI and the British government are saying here is that these men can keep on killing innocent people because in the bigger picture they are giving us information.”

We also revealed in November that the informer has been linked to the murder of Raymond McCord jnr in North Belfast in 1997.

Four years after the double Portadown murder the UVF gang involved are still roaming the streets.

Journalist:: Staff Reporter

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