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Video: GARC thug Gerard McCusker threatens Sunday Life journalist

By Staff Reporter

Published 02/10/2016

Watch as a GARC thug issues a chilling threat to a Sunday Life reporter during an Ardoyne parade protest.

Gerard McCusker, the brother of a local SDLP politician, used the cover of the protest by the Greater Ardoyne Residents' Collective (GARC) to threaten the life of Sunday Life journalist Christopher Woodhouse.

McCusker, brother of Belfast city councillor Paul McCusker, ranted at our reporter that he was “coming after” him, saying he “better watch” himself.

McCusker was furious after Sunday Life recently exposed his mother selling cigarettes illegally from an unregistered van shop in the front garden of her Ardoyne home.

“I’m coming after you, I’m watching you. I’m coming after you, you scumbag c***,” he fumed. “I’m f****** coming after you, you better watch yourself. See after having a wee drink you’ll have a bad fall one night.”

Police are now investigating McCusker and have been passed video footage of the incident.

The National Union of Journalists condemned his shameful outburst, saying it was another attempt to undermine journalists in Northern Ireland.

Irish general secretary Seamus Dooley said: “It is unacceptable that journalists should face threats or intimidation from any quarter simply for doing their job.

“Sunday Life journalists will not be deterred from doing their work by these tactics.”

He added: “Independent News and Media journalists (Sunday Life’s parent company) have faced down threats in the past and will continue to do so.”

Loyalists dismantle protest camp at Twaddell Avenue. Image: Pacemaker
Loyalists dismantle protest camp at Twaddell Avenue. Image: Pacemaker
Loyalists dismantle protest camp at Twaddell Avenue. Image: Pacemaker
Loyalists dismantle protest camp at Twaddell Avenue. Image: Pacemaker
Loyalists dismantle protest camp at Twaddell Avenue. Image: Pacemaker
Loyalists dismantle protest camp at Twaddell Avenue. Image: Pacemaker
Loyalists dismantle protest camp at Twaddell Avenue. Image: Pacemaker
Local Orange Order lodges marched past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast early on Saturday morning. Photographer: Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Local Orange Order lodges marched past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast early on Saturday morning. Photographer: Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Local Orange Order lodges marched past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast early on Saturday morning. Photographer: Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Local Orange Order lodges marched past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast early on Saturday morning. Photographer: Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Local Orange Order lodges marched past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast early on Saturday morning. Photographer: Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Local Orange Order lodges marched past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast early on Saturday morning. Photographer: Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Local Orange Order lodges marched past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast early on Saturday morning. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 01/10/2016 The Ligoniel Lodges have held a permanent protest since July 2013 over a decision to stop their return parade past the Ardoyne shops. They have agreed to a voluntary moratorium on future return parades. The Twaddell protest camp on the interface will be dismantled following the parade Around 600 police officers are on duty in the area. Several dozen protesters from the Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (Garc) gathered at the Ardoyne shops as the parade got underway. They chanted "walk of shame" as the parade passed the Ardoyne shops but dispersed peacefully after the march passed. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 01/10/2016 The Ligoniel Lodges have held a permanent protest since July 2013 over a decision to stop their return parade past the Ardoyne shops. They have agreed to a voluntary moratorium on future return parades. The Twaddell protest camp on the interface will be dismantled following the parade Around 600 police officers are on duty in the area. Several dozen protesters from the Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (Garc) gathered at the Ardoyne shops as the parade got underway. They chanted "walk of shame" as the parade passed the Ardoyne shops but dispersed peacefully after the march passed. Pictured are Loyalist band members being welcomed home by their supporters. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 01/10/2016 The Ligoniel Lodges have held a permanent protest since July 2013 over a decision to stop their return parade past the Ardoyne shops. They have agreed to a voluntary moratorium on future return parades. The Twaddell protest camp on the interface will be dismantled following the parade Around 600 police officers are on duty in the area. Several dozen protesters from the Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (Garc) gathered at the Ardoyne shops as the parade got underway. They chanted "walk of shame" as the parade passed the Ardoyne shops but dispersed peacefully after the march passed. Pictured are Loyalist band members being welcomed home by their supporters. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 01/10/2016 The Ligoniel Lodges have held a permanent protest since July 2013 over a decision to stop their return parade past the Ardoyne shops. They have agreed to a voluntary moratorium on future return parades. The Twaddell protest camp on the interface will be dismantled following the parade Around 600 police officers are on duty in the area. Several dozen protesters from the Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (Garc) gathered at the Ardoyne shops as the parade got underway. They chanted "walk of shame" as the parade passed the Ardoyne shops but dispersed peacefully after the march passed. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 01/10/2016 The Ligoniel Lodges have held a permanent protest since July 2013 over a decision to stop their return parade past the Ardoyne shops. They have agreed to a voluntary moratorium on future return parades. The Twaddell protest camp on the interface will be dismantled following the parade Around 600 police officers are on duty in the area. Several dozen protesters from the Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (Garc) gathered at the Ardoyne shops as the parade got underway. They chanted "walk of shame" as the parade passed the Ardoyne shops but dispersed peacefully after the march passed. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 01/10/2016 The Ligoniel Lodges have held a permanent protest since July 2013 over a decision to stop their return parade past the Ardoyne shops. They have agreed to a voluntary moratorium on future return parades. The Twaddell protest camp on the interface will be dismantled following the parade Around 600 police officers are on duty in the area. Several dozen protesters from the Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (Garc) gathered at the Ardoyne shops as the parade got underway. They chanted "walk of shame" as the parade passed the Ardoyne shops but dispersed peacefully after the march passed. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 01/10/2016 The Ligoniel Lodges have held a permanent protest since July 2013 over a decision to stop their return parade past the Ardoyne shops. They have agreed to a voluntary moratorium on future return parades. The Twaddell protest camp on the interface will be dismantled following the parade Around 600 police officers are on duty in the area. Several dozen protesters from the Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (Garc) gathered at the Ardoyne shops as the parade got underway. They chanted "walk of shame" as the parade passed the Ardoyne shops but dispersed peacefully after the march passed. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 01/10/2016 The Ligoniel Lodges have held a permanent protest since July 2013 over a decision to stop their return parade past the Ardoyne shops. They have agreed to a voluntary moratorium on future return parades. The Twaddell protest camp on the interface will be dismantled following the parade Around 600 police officers are on duty in the area. Several dozen protesters from the Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (Garc) gathered at the Ardoyne shops as the parade got underway. They chanted "walk of shame" as the parade passed the Ardoyne shops but dispersed peacefully after the march passed. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye The return parade makes its way past the Ardoyne shopfront towards the finishing point. on October 1st 2016 , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye members of GARC protest at the return parade makes its way past the Ardoyne shopfront towards the finishing point on October 1st 2016 , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye The return parade makes its way past the Ardoyne shopfront towards the finishing point. on October 1st 2016 , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye The return parade makes its way past the Ardoyne shopfront towards the finishing point. on October 1st 2016 , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye The return parade makes its way past the Ardoyne shopfront towards the finishing point. on October 1st 2016 , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye The return parade makes its way past the Ardoyne shopfront towards the finishing point. on October 1st 2016 , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye The return parade makes its way past the Ardoyne shopfront towards the finishing point. on October 1st 2016 , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 1/10/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan Hundreds of police officers form a security line between Nationalist protesters and Protestant bands and Orangemen - An Orange Order parade took place this morning in north Belfast as part of a deal to end a long running dispute.The Ligoniel Lodges have held a permanent protest since July 2013 over a decision to stop their return parade past the Ardoyne shops.They have agreed to a voluntary moratorium on future return parades.The Twaddell protest camp on the interface will be dismantled following the parade.Around 600 police officers are on duty in the area.Several dozen protesters from the Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (Garc) gathered at the Ardoyne shops as the parade got underway.They chanted "walk of shame" as the parade passed the Ardoyne shops but dispersed peacefully after the march passed.A protest against the parade passed off peacefully on Friday evening.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye A major police operation begins at the Ardoyne and Twaddell interface ahead of the return parade on October 1st 2016 , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
A major police operation begins at the Ardoyne and Twaddell interface ahead of the return parade on October 1st 2016 , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye A major police operation begins at the Ardoyne and Twaddell interface ahead of the return parade on October 1st 2016 , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye A major police operation begins at the Ardoyne and Twaddell interface ahead of the return parade on October 1st 2016 , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye A major police operation begins at the Ardoyne and Twaddell interface ahead of the return parade on October 1st 2016 , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye A major police operation begins at the Ardoyne and Twaddell interface ahead of the return parade on October 1st 2016 , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

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