Ballymurphy man led UVF murder squad…

Ciaran Barnes looks at a murder from 1974. He understands that the UVF squad that carried it out was led by a Ballymurphy Catholic called Jimmy McKenna, who “had lived in a caravan in the grounds of the vicitm’s Milltown furniture shop. He did odd jobs around the shop for his victim”. He is said to have ‘crossed over’ when his brother was killed in later 1970 by the IRA, though Barnes believes “he was operating as an undercover British Army solider in West Belfast before this killing occurred”. The case is currently under investigation by the Police Ombudsman, and the PSNI’s Historical Enquiries Team.

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