Loyalist group says it killed man

The victim was found lying by roadside

Loyalist paramilitary group the Red Hand Defenders has claimed it murdered a man in Belfast earlier this month.

Stephen Montgomery, from Mountainview Drive, was found unconscious with head injuries on Jamaica Road, Ardoyne, in the early hours of 13 February.

He died later in hospital. At the time, police thought the 34-year-old may have been the victim of a hit-and-run.

Police say they will continue to treat this as the cause of death until the veracity of the claim is established.

The Red Hand Defenders, a cover name previously used by the Ulster Defence Association, said it was responsible in a phone call to a Belfast newsroom on Thursday.

A number of people were questioned about the killing and released pending reports to the DPP.

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