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Sunday 2 August 2015

Loyalist jailed for murder after longest trial in Northern Ireland history

Published 26/01/2007 | 15:48

A notorious loyalist has been sentenced to 28 years in jail, after the longest-running trial in Northern Ireland's legal history, for the murder of a grandmother in Portadown, Co. Armagh.

William James Fulton (38) was jailed for a total of 48 terrorist offences including the murder of Elizabeth O'Neill.

Jim Fulton was an active member of the breakaway Loyalist Volunteer Force, hated and feared in his home town of Portadown.

Today he was sent to jail for 28 years for a string of 48 paramilitary offences including the attempted murder of four police officers during the Drumcree Orange protests of 1998.

Mrs. O'Neill, aged 59, died when a bomb was thrown into her kitchen and she picked it up to save her family.

His co-accused Muriel Gibson was sentenced to eight years for LVF membership and destroying evidence after the murder of a Catholic council worker the same year.

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