Brother of Derry INLA man Colm McNutt blames Raymond Gilmour for sorrow

Matin McNutt with a picture of his brother Colm, at the family home in Derry. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin 
Seamus McKinney

THE family of an INLA man who was shot dead by the SAS, has said informer Raymond Gilmour set up their brother and destroyed their family's life.

Colm McNutt was 17 years old when he was shot while trying to hijack a car near Derry city centre.

It is believed Gilmour, who died alone in Kent last month, tipped off his RUC handler that a robbery was about to take place.

Gilmour escaped uninjured and went on to become one of the north's most notorious supergrasses, later joining the IRA at the request of his British "handlers."

In 1982, around 100 people were arrested on suspicion of IRA and INLA membership based on Gilmour's evidence. However, the case against 35 of the accused collapsed when the judge described Gilmour as "entirely unworthy of belief."

Martin McNutt said Gilmour was working for British security services when his brother was shot dead in 1977.

“The SAS man driving the car, pulled a gun and shot Colm three times in the stomach. Colm ran but collapsed. The car drove after him and the passenger used the same gun to fire more shots into Colm’s back as he lay on the ground. The inquest returned an open verdict,” Mr McNutt said.

He said in the aftermath of the killing, Gilmour described his brother as his best friend but the McNutt family believe this was a 'smokescreen' to cover his tracks.

“Gilmour called for Colm that morning and went with him but watched what was happening from a restaurant up the street. Then he was part of the colour party at Colm’s funeral," he recalled.

Mr McNutt said his brother’s death set in train years of heartache for the family with another brother David, who has since died, also joining the INLA and serving time in jail.

His widowed mother, Kathleen, who died earlier this year, never got over her son's death.

“Every Christmas up to about eight years ago when she was into her 80s, someone claiming to be from the Royal Anglians (British army regiment) would send a Christmas card to my mother with messages like ‘may he rot in hell’ about Colm in it. How does a human being do such a thing,” he said.

“I’d be walking down the street and I was never involved in anything and you’d have cops calling out to you.

"People don’t realise what it was like. I’m not saying Colm was any angel but Gilmour set him up and set our family on years of heartache,” he said.

When news of Gilmour’s death broke at the end of October, Mr McNutt said the rage he felt in the years after his brother’s killing returned.

“If you’d asked me last week about Gilmour I’d have said a whole lot – you know. But now I think about it and I think how my mother would never allow any of us to give off about his family; now I think he was more to be pitied than anything."

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