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Ex-UVF man Billy McCurrie: 'What happened to me was tragic, but you can't justify taking life'

In the last of our trilogy of interviews with ex-terrorists who have found God to varying degrees, Billy McCurrie discusses sin and forgiveness

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Finding faith: Billy McCurrie left prison in 1985, got married and later became a pastor

Finding faith: Billy McCurrie left prison in 1985, got married and later became a pastor

Finding faith: Billy McCurrie left prison in 1985, got married and later became a pastor

The passage of time can be unforgiving and, for Billy McCurrie, 45 years have not dulled the memory of what it felt like to take the life of another man one winter's morning in Belfast.

Talking at his home in England, where he has been a pastor for two decades, he's immediately transported back to that moment, to that street in the east of the city, to those bewildered, panicked eyes that met his, as dawn broke on February 19, 1976.

"The opportunity came to take part in an execution," he says, his Belfast accent still strong despite the years across the Irish Sea.


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