Belfast Telegraph

Coroner's court told of murder gun's link to killings

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

A gun used in the murder of a hotel doorman almost 20 years ago has been linked to other terrorist atrocities, a coroner's court has heard.

A barrister representing the PSNI told a preliminary inquest that forensic tests had been carried out on the weapon used in the loyalist shooting of Seamus Patrick Dillon in December 1997.

Martin Wolf said: "The weapon used in the killing of Mr Dillon was, by a process of ballistics tests, established as being linked to other terrorist atrocities."

Mr Dillon (45), a former paramilitary prisoner and father-of-three from Stewartstown, Co Tyrone, was killed hours after LVF leader Billy Wright was gunned down inside the Maze prison and was seen as a revenge strike by the loyalist's associates.

An inquest into Mr Dillon's death has been scheduled to start on November 10 and will not be heard in front of a jury.

Northern Ireland's senior coroner, John Leckey, told Belfast's Old Town Hall his decision to sit alone had been "reinforced" by the direction of High Court judge Mr Justice Stevens in a previous case.

It was also revealed that some witnesses have not yet confirmed their attendance at the inquest.

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