It has taken most of the week for some clear background to come out on this story. Henry McDonald talks to residents, police and paramilitries to get the bottom of this gruesome case. He finds it was not simply a sectarian ‘beating’:
“The UDA’s south Belfast brigadier denied that McCartan was attacked solely because he was a Catholic. ‘Listen to the silence from republicans. Their silence is deafening because they know joyriders have tormented their own people over there.'”
McDonald comments: “on the ground, in republican and loyalist working class areas, even in stable communities like Seymour Hill, paramilitary law rather than community policing prevails.”
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