Thursday 29 September 2016

Police investigate 'unexplained' death of 'Mad Pup' - son of loyalist terror boss 'Mad Dog' Adair

Amanda Ferguson

Published 12/09/2016 | 02:30

Jonathan Adair Junior
Jonathan Adair Junior
Johnny Adair
Johnny Adair

The son of former loyalist leader Johnny 'Mad Dog' Adair has been found dead at a house in Scotland.

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Jonathan Adair Junior, nicknamed 'Mad Pup' by his father, was discovered at a house in Troon, South Ayrshire, on Saturday evening.

Police Scotland said officers were called to reports of a body found in a property at around 5.15pm.

Detectives said they were treating the death as unexplained and a post-mortem would be carried out.

Johnny Adair
Johnny Adair

Adair Jr (32) had reportedly been released from prison recently after serving a sentence for drug offences.

In 2002, Jonathan Adair was shot in both legs just before his 18th birthday.

He was shot through both calves in Florence Square, not far from his Lower Shankill Road home.

At the time, it was widely accepted that his father knew of the attack before it had taken place, or had even ordered the shooting himself.

'Mad Dog' Adair Snr was a leading paramilitary figure in the Ulster Defence Association during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

He was expelled from Northern Ireland by the Ulster Defence Association, the loyalist terror group of which he was a once a senior member.

The exiled loyalist was once the ruthless leader of the Lower Shankill 2nd Battalion, C Company, which murdered Catholic civilians in the early 1990s.

He became the first person to be jailed for directing terrorism in Northern Ireland in 1995.

After a failed bid to take over the entire UDA resulting in a murderous feud, 'Mad Dog' was ordered to leave Belfast or face execution at the hands of his former comrades.

He moved to Scotland with his family after being released from prison as part of the Good Friday Agreement and has lived in Ayrshire for a number of years.

The 50-year-old lives with his girlfriend Lynne Benson, the mother of his youngest child.

In an interview last year, Adair Snr said that he was "happier than I've ever been", living in Scotland.

"When the weight of the world is taken off your shoulders, you're leading a normal life with your girlfriend and son... it's a great life ... a happy life," he said.

Irish Independent

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