Tuesday 20 February 2018

Family’s anger over 'sick' Facebook post by killer James Jordan just months after release

James Jordan
James Jordan

Stephanie Bell

A family have described as "sick" a Facebook message posted by killer James Jordan, who is banned from touching booze as part of the conditions of early release for his part in the brutal death of Andrew Lorimer.

Jordan was released on supervised parole four months ago after serving less than three years for his part in the killing of the 43-year-old father-of-one, who died in agony in his Lurgan flat in February 2012.

In 2013 Jordan was jailed for four years, and two other men were given five years, when they pleaded guilty to Andrew’s manslaughter.

Andrew’s badly beaten body was only found when a burglar broke into his flat two days after the vicious hammer assault.

Mr Lorimer had been left to crawl around his home for two days before finally succumbing to his extensive injuries.

Earlier this month his brother David (53) revealed the family’s shock and anger that Jordan was back walking the streets of their home town.

Andrew Lorimer
Andrew Lorimer

Last night Mr Lorimer said he was disgusted by the Facebook post in which Jordan copied the quote: “If I stopped drinking, I would have to take up murdering.”

Mr Lorimer said: “A friend showed me the post and it was a real shocker. It is sick; even if it was meant as a joke, it is a sick joke.

“It just makes you think. He served no time at all and is out walking the streets when we have been given a life sentence, as we will never get over what happened to Andrew.

"If prison is supposed to be about rehabilitation, then to me it hasn’t worked.” Jordan was released on supervised parole in January and another man convicted of killing Andrew in his Lurgan flat in 2012, Christopher Wright, has also qualified for an early release scheme.

During the court case the judge said the men had carried out a “ferocious, sustained and brutal attack using fists, kicks and a hammer on Mr Lorimer, who was much loved and missed by his family, friends and work colleagues”.

Since the convictions, David Lorimer and his family have tirelessly campaigned against what they consider lenient sentences for their brother’s killing.

Belfast Telegraph

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