Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

UVF quartermaster gets 14 years for terror crimes

Bag of bullets found in home

Belfast Crown Court heard yesterday that among his terror crimes 53-year-old William Guy Craig supplied the funds for cars used by his loyalist UVF unit to carry out murders.

Belfast Crown Court heard yesterday that among his terror crimes 53-year-old William Guy Craig supplied the funds for cars used by his loyalist UVF unit to carry out murders.

Although Craig, from Avonmore Park in Lisburn, said he had been told about two shootings, police could only connect one vehicle with one murder, that of elderly Moy couple Charles and Thersa Fox on September 7, 1992.

Craig, following his arrest in July last year after the bullets were found in his home, later told police he lost weight over the murder, which he described as a cowardly act serving no purpose.

Lord Justice MacDermott also heard that the four other members of CraigÕs UVF cell, including gunman Laurence Maguire, are currently serving sentences ranging from life to 16 years.

In all Craig pleaded guilty to a total of 13 offences involving conspiracy to murder, targeting possible victims, possessing ammunition, receiving and supplying money to the UVF, making property available to terrorists and UVF membership between June 1989 and July last year.

Jailing him, Lord Justice MacDermott said he was Òhaving to pay the priceÓ for re- joining the UVF after being released from jail in 1989 for arms offences.

CraigÕs lawyer described him as the Òclassic foot-soldierÓ, but Lord Justice MacDermott said while he had the Òrather grandiose titleÓ of quartermaster, he had played an important role.

But the judge added he accepted that Craig had been Òfar from the front lineÓ activities of his UVF cell and given his age and frank admissions to police he did not feel he would pose a future threat to society.

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