Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

Skydive plunge man's dad in death threat fear

Paul McMahon is recovering in hospital after his mishap
Paul McMahon is recovering in hospital after his mishap

A man whose son miraculously cheated death in a skydiving accident is at the centre of a death threat.

Victor McMahon from Castlederg claims he has been living in fear for the past two weeks after he was told he would be “killed”.



The 63-year-old, whose son Paul survived a fall in the US after his parachute became entangled, told Sunday Life he was threatened because of his decision to bid for a property last year.



The dad-of-two, who has made a complaint to police, fears his family will be targeted over the matter.



He claims the threat was made by a man who has a violent history.



Said Mr McMahon: “This man came up to me in the street and told me that he hated my family and the next time that he saw me he was going to kill me.



“He told me that he didn’t care about my family and that I was a dead man. I can’t believe this is happening to me.



“I know this has to do with my bid for a house some time ago but I pulled out of that bid.



“I don’t know why he’s coming after me after all this time.



“I’ve done absolutely nothing wrong and I just want this person to leave my family and I alone.”



He added: “My wife has cancer and my son will be in hospital for a very long time, so we don’t need all this extra stress.



“I think this man just hates us because of our decision to bid for that house and he has no right to stop people from bidding for houses they have an interest in.



“We are very afraid of this individual and I just hope it’s not too late before something bad happens to me or to one of my family members.



“I have been forced to take tablets because of this extra stress — I just want this person to keep away from us.”



We know the name of the alleged attacker but cannot publish it for legal reasons.



Son Paul (28) was put on a life support machine after the parachute jump went disastrously wrong above the Californian desert. He lost six pints of blood and was unconscious for three days. The accident left him with multiple injuries including two badly broken legs and a crushed pelvis.



It is now believed he will have to spend up to five months in hospital in Northern Ireland.



An experienced skydiver, Paul has completed nearly 100 parachute jumps in America and Europe. He had been adjusting to land at the end of the 14,000ft jump when his parachute spun out of control.

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