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

By Staff Reporter

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.

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