Devlin murder fuelled by hatred
Gary Taylor, the man who this weekend began a life sentence for the brutal and savage murder of schoolboy Thomas Devlin, can be exposed as a Catholic-hating, sectarian bigot who was on bail when he launched the murderous attack.
The knife-wielding thug, nicknamed Electric, is so reviled by his own family that when they emigrated to South Africa more than four years ago, they didn’t even tell him they were going.
Last Tuesday 23-year-old Taylor, originally from Ross House in the loyalist Mount Vernon estate but now with an address at Mountcollyer Avenue in north Belfast, was unanimously convicted of murdering 15-year-old Thomas and attempting to murder his friend Jonathan McKee on August 10 2005.
Nigel James Brown, 26, who used to live two floors below Taylor in the high-rise flats at Mount Vernon but now with an address on the Whitewell Road, was also unanimously convicted by the jury on both counts after less than 90 minutes of deliberations.
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