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Plot to kill ex-UDA leaders Johnny Adair and Sam McCrory: Three men found guilty

By Claire Cromie

Published 20/07/2015

Former Ulster Defence Association paramilitary Johnny 'Mad Dog' Adair
Former Ulster Defence Association paramilitary Johnny 'Mad Dog' Adair

Three men have been convicted for a plot to kill Johnny "Mad Dog" Adair and fellow ex-UDA leader Sam McCrory.

Antoin Duffy (39) Martin Hughes (36) and Paul Sands (32) ave all been found guilty of planning to assassinate the former Ulster Defence Association men in Scotland, reports the BBC.

Johnny Adair at his home in Troon
Johnny Adair at his home in Troon

The verdict follows a nine-week trial at the High Court in Glasgow. The jury had been deliberating since Thursday.

Adair and McCrory have been living in Scotland for more than a decade after they were exiled from Northern Ireland by their former UDA comrades.

They were key figures in the Shankill Road "C Company" during the 1980s and 90s.

Duffy and Hughes were also convicted of terrorism charges.

Two other men on trial, Craig Convery and Gordon Brown, were found guilty of being involved in organised crime.

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