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Funeral held for son of former UDA leader Johnny 'Mad Dog' Adair

Published 23/09/2016

Johnny 'Mad Dog' Adair was a former head of the UDA
Johnny 'Mad Dog' Adair was a former head of the UDA

The funeral has taken place for the son of former loyalist leader Johnny "Mad Dog" Adair.

Jonathan Adair Jnr, 32, was found dead at a property in Templehill, Troon, South Ayrshire, on September 10.

The death was initially treated as unexplained by police but it is understood he died from an accidental drugs overdose after being released from prison for motoring offences.

His funeral was held at Holmsford Bridge crematorium near Irvine, North Ayrshire, on Friday, with more than 100 people in attendance.

The hearse carrying the coffin had flowers spelling out dad, son and brother.

A number of Adair Snr's associates and supporters from Belfast were expected to travel to Scotland for the funeral despite "warnings" from loyalist paramilitaries to stay away.

Adair snr told the Belfast Telegraph newspaper on Friday: "I just want to bury my son. I want to bury him with dignity and in peace.

"The support I have had from back home has been overwhelming.

"If a few individuals are trying to stop people attending (the funeral), it's because they are afraid of me. They are afraid of me regrouping and coming after them."

The funeral passed without incident.

Adair Snr was a leading figure in the Ulster Defence Association during the Troubles in Northern Ireland but his reign ended in a feud.

He moved to Scotland with his family after being released from prison as part of the Good Friday Agreement and has lived in Ayrshire for a number of years.

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