Sunday World “not been able to provide the PSNI with any information to confirm such a text exists”

With Chris’ post on the Sunday World’s allegations, in connection with the killing of Kevin McDaid, generating more heat than light, it’s worth noting the brief Belfast Telegraph report which identifies the source of the claim only as “a senior UDA man”.

However, a PSNI spokeswoman said that the newspaper has “not been able to provide the PSNI with any information to confirm such a text exists”. She added that officers were made aware of these allegations on Saturday and have spoken with the Sunday World regarding the report. The spokeswoman added that the PSNI treats such allegations with the utmost seriousness.

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  • Mirko

    Of course, if Slugger had been around when Robert Hamill was killed, Mr Baker would have been casting the same doubts. May I ask Mr Baker if you are really called ‘Pete Baker’ or if you’re using an alias?

  • oracle

    Mirko,

    How in Gods name does it matter what name it’s posted in.
    Argue with the posts accuracy not the accuracy of the posters identification.

    Pete has every right to post it, it’s a subject of much debate on another thread.
    Chris posted on an “alledged txt” from a loyalist UDA source who recieved a cash payment from a tabloid that he has poured scorn on a multitude of times in the past.

    ps; are there many MIRKOs in the phonebook

  • reader

    The Sunday world..they never let the truth get in the way of a good story,surely if the have “proof” they should hand it over to the PSNI? either put up or shut up,me thinks.

    RIP Kevin

  • Mirko

    That is not the point – the real identity of Mr Baker is extremely interesting

  • Dec

    However, a PSNI spokeswoman said that the newspaper has “not been able to provide the PSNI with any information to confirm such a text exists”.

    I would imagine that unless the Sunday World has either one or both of the mobiles involved it can’t actually confirm anything for the PSNI. Of course, if the PSNI actually wants to discover whether any of it’s officers were texting loyalists that Sunday, it doesn’t really need to involve the Sunday World.

  • “more heat than light”

    What’s said on a blog is probably of little consequence but politicians’ and reporters’ intemperate language could easily lead to further attacks. Kevin’s son Ryan I understand has already been threatened following comments that have appeared in the media.

  • Lorraine

    how any sensible person could stake anything on a tabloid claim is beyond me. people still don’t seriously believe them any more, do they?

  • Pete Baker

    “Mirko”

    You’ve tried that line on Slugger a number of times now, and I’ve given you the same answer before.

    I’ve never used a pseudonym on Slugger.

    And I wish more people would do likewise.

    Now. Back to the topic..

  • fin

    I thought the text as reproduced didn’t read as been textlike in language, surely it would have been ‘u’ instead of ‘yis’, however that said the PSNI aren’t usually that adverse to letting a lack of evidence get in the way of grabbing a headline or indeed in going to court.

    For instant can anyone point me in the direction of the evidence Orde used to decide the IRA was responsible for the NI bank robbery, and McCartneys and Quinns murders when he spoke to the media?

    There seems to be a rather stark difference in how to react to crimes committed by republicans and those by unionists

  • The Raven

    Wouldn’t read too much into that text thing, fin. Quite common for older people to text as they speak, especially with an “accent”. Prevalent in Wales and Scotland.

  • Big Maggie

    Pete,

    I wouldn’t be too quick to cast doubt on the report. As I said on Chris’s thread, the Sunday World has already lost a key journalist—Martin O’Hagan—to assassination when he trod on the wrong toes. For that reason I’d imagine the paper would be very careful with what it publishes.

    But time will tell.

  • Reader

    Big Maggie: For that reason I’d imagine the paper would be very careful with what it publishes.
    As in, being ready to indulge loyalists now? Or what? That hardly adds weight to the article.

  • Big Maggie

    Reader,

    That was really my response to Lorraine, who wondered if a tabloid could be in any sense reliable. Even rags can surprise at times.

  • Dub Rua

    My condolences to Mr. McDaid and his grieving family. The man is hardly cold in his grave after being brutally murdered by drink-fueled scum, but Peter Baker is already gleefully sneering at the man by drawing our attention away from the orgy of mindless violence and focusing on the unfairly maligned PSNI officer in question. This is morally repugnant, and he should be ashamed of himself. Let innocent Mr. McDaid rest in peace.

  • daisy

    How many unionist reps were at the funeral? I’m sure there were lots, because they’d want to send out a strong message against the scurge of sectarianism.

  • Big Maggie

    Daisy,

    “How many unionist reps were at the funeral? I’m sure there were lots, because they’d want to send out a strong message against the scurge of sectarianism.”

    You’re asking the wrong questions, girl. Anybody here on Slugger will apprise you of the fact that Unionism vs Nationalism in no way equates with Protestantism vs Catholicism.

    This is because most Unionist parties and their electorate consist largely of Hindus, and most Nationalist parties here are filled to the gills with Muslims.

    So you see it’s not a question of one religion against another. It’s political.

    If you can’t understand that you’ve no right to be commenting on Slugger O’Toole.

    Go away.