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CCTV footage: Loyalist victims campaigner Willie Frazer claims he was 'attacked on doorstep by IRA supporter'

Rebecca Black

Published 29/06/2015 | 10:52

Loyalist victims campaigner Willie Frazer has claimed he was attacked on the doorstep of his Co Armagh home by a republican as he was on his way out to church.

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Mr Frazer said he feared his ribs had been broken after he was threatened, beaten and given a sympathy card with his name on it.

The alleged attack took place at around 6.50pm as Mr Frazer was preparing to leave his home to attend a service at his church.

"I opened the door and there he was standing there," he said.

"I said, 'How are you? I'd invite you in but I'm just on my way out to church here'. He just looked at me and said, 'You are a dead man'."

"I said, 'What?' He said, 'You had better get out of this country'."

Mr Frazer said the man made reference to eight IRA men killed as they tried to attack Loughgall police station in 1987.

"He talked about 'the Loughgall heroes'. I said they were no heroes, and he said to me again, 'You are a dead man walking,'" Mr Frazer said.

"He pushed me, I pushed him back. He kneed me and hit me in the ribs several times. I am all right - just a bit sore and bruised. A neighbour intervened but the man was in no hurry to leave.

"I saw on my CCTV cameras after it that he had been walking around the back of the house before this all happened."

Mr Frazer said the man handed him a sympathy card with his name on it. "He told me that the IRA haven't gone away, no matter what the rest of them say, that the IRA have not gone away, and especially not the IRA in Tyrone."

Belfast Telegraph

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