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Murder victim's son says UDR role should be investigated

Paul Casey holds a picture of his father Gerard who was killed in1989
Connla Young

THE son of UDA/UFF murder victim Gerard Casey has called for the role of the UDR in his killing to be investigated.

The father-of-four, who was a member of the IRA, was shot dead as he slept beside his wife and baby daughter at their home near Rasharkin, Co Antrim in April 1989.

His son Paul made the call after details of the case were revealed in the Operation Greenwich report, which was published by Police Ombudsman Marie Anderson yesterday.

One of two weapons used to kill the 29-year-old was a Czech made VZ-58 assault rifle.

The same weapon was used during the Rising Sun pub massacre which claimed the lives of eight people at Greysteel in Co Derry on Halloween night 1993.

The deadly assault rifle is one of hundreds believed to have been smuggled into the north by loyalists with the help of British intelligence in the late 1980s.

In her report Ms Anderson revealed that a serving member of the UDR provided information to the loyalist gang that killed Mr Casey.

The British soldier's role gave access to intelligence documents and the person attended RUC District Action Committee (DAC) meetings "where sensitive information was discussed".

Ms Anderson also revealed that intelligence linking Person V to the Casey killing was not shared by RUC Special Branch with the investigation team.

However, she said that intelligence was passed to military authorities and Person V was later discharged from the UDR.

Mr Casey last night said the role of military personnel requires further scrutiny.

"It is essential that in addition to the conduct of the RUC that there is a full examination of the role of the UDR in the targeting of my father," he said.

"The ombudsman has found that the person suspected of passing on my father’s details was dismissed from that regiment yet neither the UDR or RUC Special Branch disseminated the information any further.

"It is scandalous that the UDA remained a lawful organisation at the time of my father's murder."

His solicitor Fearghal Shiels, of Madden and Finucane Solicitors, said an expected inquest into Mr Casey's murder may shed more light on the case.

"The coroner will have full powers to compel officers who did not cooperate with the ombudsman to attend to give evidence where there shall be full public examination of their conduct and scrutiny of documents by their own lawyers," he said.

"It is the Casey family's belief that such a public transparent hearing shall reveal the true extent of the levels of collusion in Gerard’s murder."

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