Northern Ireland news


Brother of loyalist murder victim says family will 'intensify' truth and justice fight despite amnesty plan

Jervis Lynch was shot dead by the UVF in 1991
Connla Young

The brother of a Catholic man shot dead by loyalists 30 years ago has said his family will "intensify" its fight for truth justice despite British government amnesty plans.

Jervis Lynch (26) was killed at his home in Magheralin, Co Down, in January 1991 by the Mid Ulster UVF.

Senior figures involved in the area included suspected British agents Robin 'The Jackal' Jackson and Billy Wright.

An inquest heard that members of the Lynch family found his remains lying in the porch of their home as they returned from Mass.

At the time the Catholic Bishop of Dromore Dr Francis Gerard Brook, said Mr Lynch was "an innocent victim of a cowardly sectarian attack".

His family has now launched legal action against the chief constable and Ministry of Defence.

His brother Hugo last night said his murdered sibling is never far from his thoughts.

He was speaking after the British government announced plans for a statute of limitations on Troubles prosecutions as well as a halt to civil proceedings and inquests.

"There’s never a day that goes by without thinking about Jervis," he said.

"He is sorely missed and we still grieve and mourn for him.

"This is compounded by the fact that not one person was ever brought to justice for the sectarian murder."

Mr Lynch believes the loyalist unit that killed his brother was infiltrated.

"The Mid-Ulster UVF claimed responsibility for murdering Jervis," he said.

"That organisation was infiltrated, directed and controlled by RUC special branch, sections of the British military, and the intelligence services MI5," he claimed.

He said that despite the British government proposals his family will continue with its campaign for truth.

"We intend to intensify our search for truth, justice and accountability despite proposals by the same government who employed the agents, armed them and controlled the very organisation responsible for murdering Jervis," he said.

"It is abundantly clear that the British government has much to hide about its dirty war and collusion."

The family's solicitor Kevin Winters, of KRW Law, said: "Legal agitation through the courts has helped continue to expose this toxic state agenda.

"As is the case with so many other sectors of the conflict, just as families are making real head way the British government wants to lock up the courts.

"By launching this latest case the Lynch family are sending a clear message to Brandon Lewis and the State - they wont be silenced by any amnesty threat."

The Northern Ireland Office was contacted.

Enjoy reading the Irish News?

Subscribe now to get full access

Northern Ireland news