Sunday 19 November 2017

UDA leader hacked to death with samurai sword in own home

PSNI (Stock photo)
PSNI (Stock photo)
Colin 'Bap' Lindsay

David Young

A senior loyalist paramilitary was hacked to death using his own samurai sword.

Veteran Ulster Defence Association (UDA) chief Colin 'Bap' Lindsay (47) and another man, Stanley Wightman (52), were found with severe injuries in the living room of Mr Lindsay's home in Belfast's Belvoir estate.

The father of two, a well-known figure within loyalist circles, was pronounced dead at the blood-soaked scene of the frenzied killing at his Kirkistown Walk property.

Detectives believe the attack had a "personal" motivation and was not linked to terrorist activity or a paramilitary feud.

Mr Wightman has undergone emergency surgery and remains in a critical condition in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital with "significant injuries" to his neck and arms.

A 46-year-old man arrested at a house close by continues to be questioned by police on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

In an unusual step, the detective leading the investigation named the suspect as Albert Armstrong.

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Detective Chief Inspector Richard Campbell said a sword he believed was the murder weapon was recovered from a blue Mazda car which is understood to be owned by Mr Armstrong.

"My assessment at the minute is that it is likely that was the weapon used in the attack," he said.

Mr Campbell, who described the incident as "extremely violent", said he was naming the suspect and two victims in an effort to gain more information about what happened.

"I am taking the unusual step today of naming the three men involved because I believe that it is important to do that as part of my appeal for information from the community," he said.

When asked if the sword belonged to Mr Lindsay, the detective replied: "I believe it was in his property, yes."

Mr Campbell did not elaborate on the dead man's paramilitary links.

"Mr Lindsay was known to police but that shouldn't take away from the fact that he has suffered a very brutal death last night, completely unnecessary.

"He is a father of 12-year-old and 18-year-old girls and he is survived by his mother, all of whom are grieving his loss today - that's what we need to concentrate on."

South Belfast Assembly member Jimmy Spratt called for calm after the attack, noting that tensions were already high due to the marching season.

Irish Independent

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