Sunday Life

Killer back behind bars
Greysteel triggerman charged with terrace slashings

By Ciaran McGuigan
14 July 2004

GREYSTEEL killer Stephen Irwin was back behind bars last night - charged with carrying out a vicious knife attack at the Irish Cup final.

The Hallowe'en 'trick or treat' gunman is accused of slashing another fan with a Stanley knife, during violent clashes involving rival factions of Glentoran supporters at the showpiece final, last May.

Our exclusive pictures show the evil killer at the heart of the clashes, with blood splattered over his head and face.

Yesterday, he was in the dock of Belfast Magistrates Court, charged with causing grievous bodily harm and of possessing an offensive weapon.

A cop told the court that, when charged, Irwin (30) replied "most definitely not guilty" to both charges.

Sunday Life understands Irwin was arrested in possession of a blood-stained Stanley knife.

It is further understood that DNA samples from the knife show the blood is that of one of the victims of the LVF-led attack, in the crowd.

Resident Magistrate Bernie Kelly remanded Irwin, in custody until next month.

It is now likely that Secretary of State Paul Murphy will face calls to revoke Irwin's licence, and force him to serve out the rest of his life sentence.

He was freed under the Good Friday Agreement, after being given eight life sentences, in 1995, for his part in the Greysteel massacre.

It was sicko Irwin who shouted "trick or treat" as the gunmen burst into the Rising Sun bar and opened fire on Hallowe'en night 1993, killing eight people.

Irwin, armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, is believed to have fired more than 40 rounds into the terrified crowd.

Four years ago, there were calls for his licence to be revoked, following his involvement in a sick neo-Nazi stunt, at the Cenotaph in London.

After his release, in 2000, Irwin joined forces with members of the neo-Nazi group, Combat 18. He was among a Combat 18 gang, giving the Nazi salute and shouting slogans, during a Remembrance Day service attended by Tony Blair and the Queen, in November 2000.

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