Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

Family of murdered Harry: it's time to act on thugs

Pauline Holland, wife of murdered greengrocer Harry Holland, and her family
Pauline Holland, wife of murdered greengrocer Harry Holland, and her family

The family of murdered west Belfast greengrocer Harry Holland will today launch a campaign calling for tougher action to be taken against violent yobs.

Mr Holland's family are expected to join members of the community and politicians outside the old Belfast Court House later this morning to launch the Justice for the Victims campaign.

The campaign is calling for justice for victims of violent crime and a tougher response by the authorities to violent anti-social behaviour and assaults.

Mr Holland, a 65-year-old father of four, who owned a fruit and vegetable shop on the Glen Road, was stabbed in the head with a screwdriver outside his Norfolk Drive home in September as he tried to stop a gang of youths from stealing his delivery van.

Last week it was claimed in the High Court that four teenagers charged in connection with the horrific murder ran off shouting and jeering as Mr Holland lay dying in the street.

The details of what allegedly happened on the night Mr Holland was stabbed were revealed as one of the youths was refused compassionate bail to attend a family christening.

From today, as part of the Justice for Victims campaign, posters will be put up throughout Belfast and thousands of postcards will be distributed calling on members of the public to write to their local MLA or councillor for support.

Last night the Holland family said that they want the judici- ary to take " immediate and effective action against consistent offenders".

They also want the development of a collective strategy to deal with the fear of crime and better resourced community safety initiatives set up.

In addition the family are calling for more resources to be made available for youth and community groups working with families and young people, as well as a "consistent and serious response from statutory and community safety programmes including the Public Prosecution Service, PSNI, Housing Executive and Belfast City Council, in dealing with anti-social behaviour" .

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