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Family of John Boreland offer £10,000 reward for information on killer

John Boreland was murdered three years ago.

THE grieving parents of murdered loyalist John Boreland have offered a £10,000 reward for help in convicting their son's killer.

The 46-year-old was shot dead outside his home in the Ballysillan area of north Belfast by a lone gunman armed with a shotgun on the evening of Sunday August 7 2016.

He was hit three times at close range, dying almost instantly from his injuries.

While a number of people have been convicted with destroying a getaway car used in the paramilitary assassination, no-one has been convicted of his murder.

John Boreland was a leading member of a breakaway faction of the UDA and a close friend of the organisation's former 'brigadier' Andre Shoukri.

Last May three men, Darren McAllister (36) of Carrs Glen Park in Belfast, 32-year old Thomas O'Hara with an address in Kilburney in Scotland, and Thomas Pearson (64) from Rathglynn in Antrim, were sentenced for destroying a car used by the killers.

McAllister was handed a sentence of five years, O'Hara four years and nine months and Pearson four years and six months.

Pearson, who owned the Renault Megane, told police he was approached by people he knew were members of the UDA who told him to provide his vehicle.

The UDA at the time denied sanctioning the killing, despite Boreland having been under threat from a section of the organisation prior to his death.

On the third anniversary of his murder his parents John and Winnie have made an appeal for information, saying their lives "will never be healed" while the killer remains at large.

"John was a loving dad to three children and he never got to live to see his grandsons. He was also a much loved brother and uncle.

"Three years have passed without justice for our son's brutal murder.

"Three men were jailed for perverting the course of justice last year but no-one has been held accountable for taking John's life and destroying ours in the process.

"Our broken lives will never be healed and we can’t get peace knowing that his murderer is still out there.

"We are offering a £10,000 reward if someone can provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for our son's murder."

They added: "Please help us catch his killer – it's never too late to come forward. Please tell police what you know. The number to call is 101."

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