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Man charged with attacking high-profile loyalist victims' campaigner Willie Frazer

By David Young

Published 04/07/2015

Treated: Willie Frazer
Treated: Willie Frazer

A man in his 60s has been charged with attacking high-profile loyalist victims' campaigner Willie Frazer.

Mr Frazer (54) - founder and leader of the victims' pressure group Families Acting for Innocent Relatives (Fair) - required treatment in hospital after the attack, which took place at his Markethill home last Sunday as he was preparing to attend a church service.

Mr Frazer - whose father was in the UDR and was murdered by the IRA in 1975 - has outspoken anti-republican views and has had threats made against him in the past.

In 2014, his car was set alight and destroyed.

Following the 6pm attack, Mr Frazer said that he feared his ribs had been broken after he was threatened, beaten and given a sympathy card with his name on it.

He said he had been left badly bruised.

A CCTV camera captured dramatic footage of the incident on the doorstep of Mr Frazer's home, showing Mr Frazer wrestling on the ground with an assailant.

The suspect - who was arrested in the Dungannon area - has been charged with common assault and with making threats to kill.

The 60-year-old accused is expected to appear at Armagh Magistrates' Court on July 28.

A PSNI spokesperson said that - as is normal procedure - the charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

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