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Taxing times for ex-UDA thug

By Ciaran McGuigan

Convicted UDA blackmailer Eddie Sayers has been busted again - this time by tax inspectors.

Convicted UDA blackmailer Eddie Sayers has been busted again - this time by tax inspectors.

The hardman extortionist has been declared bankrupt by the High Court after failing to pay his overdue tax.

Sayers, who had been trading as the Brooklands Erne Hotel in Ballinamallard, was subject of a petition lodged with the court by the Revenue & Customs in August.

Last month their application for a bankruptcy order against the dodgy businessman was granted.

Sayers - father of glamorous ex-Miss Northern Ireland Diana Sayers - was jailed for 10 years in the 1980s after being convicted of extortion.

While he was behind bars in the Maze, Sayers studied to be a legal clerk. And when he was released he became the manager of a Belfast law firm that went bust.

Taylor & Co solicitors of Donegall Pass - who counted former UFF godfather Johnny 'Mad Dog' Adair among its clients - was closed down by the Law Society following complaints by clients of missing money.

At the time, Sayers' Co Fermanagh hotel was searched by Fraud Squad detectives.

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