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Report launched into UDA murder of teenager 25 years ago

Damien Walsh was shot dead by the UDA in 1993
Connla Young

A report has been launched into the UDA murder of a teenager 25 years ago.

Damien Walsh was shot dead by Johnny Adair's notorious ‘C Company' as he worked at the Dairy Farm shopping centre near Twinbrook on the outskirts of west Belfast on March 25 1993.

Family and friends gathered on Sunday to remember the 17-year-old and re-dedicated a plaque erected in his memory.

A booklet has been published by victims group Relatives for Justice providing fresh details about the case, which is alleged to involve collusion.

It says the gun used to kill the teenager, and another weapon used in the attack, were part of a large consignment brought into the north by UDA member and British army agent Brian Nelson.

In 2010 a police Historical Enquiries Team report revealed that an undercover British army unit was watching an IRA explosives dump at the building at the time of the killing.

It emerged that soldiers saw the killer's car leave the scene but the RUC were given the wrong make and number.

Mr Walsh was shot on the same day that schoolboy Timothy Parry (12) died after an IRA bomb attack in Warrington in England, which also claimed the life of three-year-old Jonathan Ball days earlier.

Four men, including a member of the IRA, were also shot dead the same day in a UDA gun attack at Castlerock in Co Derry.

A day earlier Sinn Féin member Peter Gallagher, from Toome in Co Antrim, was shot dead in west Belfast, again by the UDA.

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