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Ex-UVF man turned peacemaker Billy Hutchinson: 'When you're involved in conflict, you have to dehumanise the enemy'

Former UVF man turned peacemaker Billy Hutchinson served 16 years jail for his role in a double killing but, as his biography is published, he insists he has no regrets

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For Queen and country: Billy Hutchinson

For Queen and country: Billy Hutchinson

For Queen and country: Billy Hutchinson

Billy Hutchinson is talking about murder. He was just 18 years old when he drove the car used in the double killing of half-brothers Michael Loughran and Edward Morgan.

It drew up beside them as they walked down the Falls Road to work at 7.30am. The teenage UVF gunman in the passenger seat opened fire. Michael was the same age as Hutchinson, Edward was nine years older.

A court later heard it was a random sectarian shooting by assassins who had toured Belfast looking for Catholics. Does the former paramilitary turned peacemaker think much about the lads whose life he helped end in October 1974?


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