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Ex-UVF man Bobby Mathieson on his path to redemption: 'I told myself I was evil, that I'd be better off dead but God saved me'

From prison to pulpit: The first of three interviews with ex-terrorists who have found God to varying degrees. Former UVF man Bobby Mathieson opens up about the mental torture he endured after he took a life and his path to redemption

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Changed man: Bobby Mathieson at home

Changed man: Bobby Mathieson at home

Bobby Mathieson with some of his artwork

Bobby Mathieson with some of his artwork

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Changed man: Bobby Mathieson at home

For Bobby Mathieson, being part of a UVF gang that murdered a Catholic man eventually left him wanting to kill himself.

Ten years into his life sentence in the Maze, the back-slapping camaraderie with fellow paramilitaries had worn thin.

Studying maths and art A-levels was a fulfilling distraction, but when he closed the books and put away his canvas, he would paint a mental picture of his own life - and the sum total was worthless.


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