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Loyalist killer Michael Stone married in Maghaberry, source claims

By Staff Reporter

Published 06/04/2016

Michael Stone has got married behind bars, according to a prison source
Michael Stone has got married behind bars, according to a prison source

Michael Stone got married behind bars, according to a source at Maghaberry Prison.

Around a dozen guests were understood to be present for the notorious loyalist assassin's nuptials at the prison's multi-faith building on Monday evening.

The Maghaberry source claimed that it was a typical religious ceremony, the bride - who is believed to be of a similar age to Stone - wore a white dress and that there was a small buffet celebration afterwards.

Stone, who turned 61 last week, has never been short of admirers despite his murderous past.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of murdering three people and injuring more than 60 in a 1988 Milltown Cemetery attack on mourners at the funeral of three IRA members shot dead by the SAS in Gibraltar.

The UDA man was released from prison on licence under the Belfast Agreement and subsequently worked as an artist and writer.

But in November 2006, he was charged with several offences including the attempted murder of Sinn Fein leaders Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams, having been arrested attempting to enter Parliament Buildings at Stormont while armed.

The veteran loyalist claimed that his appearance that day was 'performance art', but he was subsequently convicted and sentenced to a further 16 years' imprisonment.

In 2013, he was told he would have to serve the remainder of a minimum 30-year term for the Milltown massacre as well as three other sectarian killings.

In 1984, he shot Catholic milkman Patrick Brady dead in south Belfast and a year later did the same to joiner Kevin McPolin in Lisburn. He also murdered bread man Dermot Hackett in 1987.

The Maghaberry source claimed security at the prison was intensified in order to prevent dissident republicans gatecrashing the proceedings.

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