Two years on from the murder of former UDA leader Jim Gray the coroner’s court today heard Detective Inspector Deborah McMaster state that she believed those responsible for the murder to be members of the UDA, but that despite a number of arrests no one had been charged – “The inquiry has more or less come to a dead end”. A separate report notes that
Gray was shot dead as associate, Gary Matthews, helped him unload dumbbells from a car in father’s driveway. Matthews was arrested at the scene on suspicion of involvement in the murder, but was released without charge. He was called as a witness but failed to turn up. Mr Leckey [NI senior coroner] called for extra powers for coroners to compel witnesses to attend.