Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 December 2014

Loyalist links sealed fate

Former INLA hitman dealt with LVF and UVF drug barons

FORMER INLA hitman Kevin McAlorum's ties to drug dealing loyalists, led to his chilling gangland-style murder in front of terrified Belfast primary school kids, it has been claimed.

FORMER INLA hitman Kevin McAlorum's ties to drug dealing loyalists, led to his chilling gangland-style murder in front of terrified Belfast primary school kids, it has been claimed.

The 31-year-old drug baron had forged links with a notorious north Belfast LVF gang, and with a UVF gangster, who was booted out of the terror group, last year, in a row over £500,000 drugs cash.

Republican sources say McAlorum was the "conduit" for shipments of cannabis, Ecstasy and cocaine from Europe to Dublin, and transferred north to loyalist gangs.

It is believed, the ex-UVF men even supplied the republican killer with a gun for his protection.

And, there are now fears that members of his gang, in Belfast and Dublin - suspected of close links to the Continuity IRA - will seek quick and bloody revenge against the INLA.

McAlorum was ruthlessly ambushed by an INLA gang, outside the Oakwood Integrated Primary School, on Thursday.

He had just dropped off a child, when his car was rammed by a van from which two gunmen emerged.

Republicans claimed senior INLA men never "forgave" him for killing Belfast INLA boss, Gino Gallagher, in 1996.

And, his links to the LVF and other loyalist gangsters sealed his fate.

Ironically, Gino Gallagher's father, Patrick, was buried in Dublin, on Wednesday - the day before McAlorum was shot.

Loyalist sources revealed how McAlorum jnr, was doing drug deals, in tandem with a UVF man from South East Antrim.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and a second UVF man, were kicked out, after it was discovered they had pocketed £500,000 from 'licensing' drug dealers.

And, the organisation's commander, in Monkstown, paid over £30,000 to the UVF bosses in the Shankill, as compensation for misappropriating the group's share from levies on Co Antrim drug dealers.

A loyalist source claimed: "What they (UVF chiefs) didn't know, was that these mugs were involved with a man (McAlorum), who was probably involved in the killing of Trevor King, a senior member of their organisation."

"There were three of them involved in these drug arrangements, but one was very close to McAlorum, and in the Shankill it's said that he provided this INLA man with a gun for his own protection."

Kevin McAlorum lived in fear of his life.

He changed his car so regularly, that Sunday Life can reveal, that he had recently been "blacklisted" by some leading car insurance companies.

McAlorum was "blooded" by INLA boss Gallagher, in the early 1990s, before killing him in 1996.

But, we understand he only killed his terrorist mentor, after being told by another INLA boss, Hugh 'Cueball' Torney, that Gallagher was planning to kill his father.

The killing cost McAlorum jnr dear. His nine-year-old sister, Barbara, was shot dead at the family's north Belfast home, in a revenge attack.

McAlorum jnr, was also believed to be Gallagher's get-away driver, when he gunned down three top UVF men, on the Shankill, in the 1990s, and police have linked him to other terrorist operations, in which Gallagher was central.

A republican source said: "McAlorum got involved with the LVF, because he knew there was big money to be made from drugs - but he was a dead man walking. He knew his life was under threat, and that's why he kept changing his car nearly every fortnight.

"He was running scared of the INLA, because of his links to loyalists, but he thought he would be saved because he had support from the Continuity IRA. He wasn't even thinking about the Gallagher thing.

"But, he also had his enemies in the Provos, because they knew he was working with the loyalists, and heavily involved in drugs.

"The IRA would have happily turned a blind eye to his killing."

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