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Ex-UVF terrorist Sam 'Pinky' Austin laid to rest after Belfast funeral

By Staff Reporter

Published 14/11/2016

The Funeral of UVF man Sam 'Pinky' Austin makes it's way along the Shankill Road on Saturday Morning.
The Funeral of UVF man Sam 'Pinky' Austin makes it's way along the Shankill Road on Saturday Morning.
The funeral of UVF man Sam ‘Pinky’ Austin makes its way along the Shankill Road on Saturday morning
Sam ‘Pinky’ Austin
The Funeral of UVF man Sam 'Pinky' Austin makes it's way along the Shankill Road on Saturday Morning.
The funeral of UVF man Sam ‘Pinky’ Austin makes its way along the Shankill Road on Saturday morning

The funeral of former UVF man Sam 'Pinky' Austin caused Belfast's Shankill Road to close for a time on Saturday.

Austin, a former leader of the UVF inmates in the Maze Prison, died last Wednesday at the age of 71 years.

The funeral cortege was led by men in black paramilitary regalia emblazoned with the crest of the UVF.

Those who attended included the reported UVF chief John 'Bunter' Graham along with Winston Irvine, Harry Stockman and Joe McCaw.

In 1994 Austin was arrested with UVF associates Ian 'Spud' Wilson and Jackie Anderson in a bomb-making factory off the Shankill Road. The three men were jailed for 10 years.

The funeral of UVF man Sam ‘Pinky’ Austin makes its way along the Shankill Road on Saturday morning
The funeral of UVF man Sam ‘Pinky’ Austin makes its way along the Shankill Road on Saturday morning
The Funeral of UVF man Sam 'Pinky' Austin makes it's way along the Shankill Road on Saturday Morning.
Sam ‘Pinky’ Austin
The funeral of UVF man Sam ‘Pinky’ Austin makes its way along the Shankill Road on Saturday morning
The Funeral of UVF man Sam 'Pinky' Austin makes it's way along the Shankill Road on Saturday Morning.

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