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Salute as UDA member Dougan is buried

LEADING loyalist Robert Dougan was today given a paramilitary salute as his coffin was taken to the cemetery for burial.

LEADING loyalist Robert Dougan was today given a paramilitary salute as his coffin was taken to the cemetery for burial.

Dougan (38) was shot dead on Tuesday in Dunmurry.

Outside his Oranmore Drive house members of the UDA, of which he was a member, stood by his coffin as a lone buglar played the last post.

His grieving wife Lesley and son Ernest (12) looked on.

Mrs Dougan said in a statement to the press: 'My husband was a dedicated member of the Ulster Defence Association and a true loyalist.

'He fought against Republicans, PIRA and INLA, for many years and he knew some day he might die for his beliefs.

'I am proud of Bobby and what he stood for and I'm glad he didn't suffer in any way.

'This area has lost two good men in recent weeks and I think our country is going to need more people like Bobby in the future.

'We all want peace _ Bobby wanted peace _ but it just isn't going to come.'Three young men in white shirts and black ties, one wearing a black armband, stood before Mr Dougan's hearse holding floral tributes from the UDA, the LPA and UDF.

Hundreds of mourners then followed the cortege from the Suffolk terraced house to Roselawn Cemetery for the burial.

His coffin was draped with a UDA flag and the flag of the Upper Falls Protestant Boys' Flute Band of which he was a member.

A close friend of the Dougan family said Mr Dougan was a cross- community worker and had been involved in several such projects in his local area.


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