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Family of man shot dead by LVF still hoping for justice 20 years after brutal killing

By Mark Bain

The brother of a young Catholic man gunned down by the Loyalist Volunteer Force in Portadown 20 years ago this week has said his family's grief is still as raw as ever.

Father-of-one Adrian Lamph (29) was working at the Fair Green Amenity Centre in Portadown on April 21, 1998, when a lone gunman on a mountain bike shot him in the head and back from point blank range.

Ahead of the anniversary of Adrian's murder on Saturday, his family remain as determined as ever to see justice served.

His brother Niall Lamph said: "We still have no justice for Adrian's murder.

"We can't remember the last time anyone from the police has been in touch.

"It is as if we have been forgotten.

"We would welcome a call from the PSNI or a meeting to see if anything's being done, but we haven't heard a thing.

"We're hoping the anniversary of Adrian's murder will make some people sit up and take notice that we're still suffering as a family and still need answers."

Police, who described the murder at the time as "a purely sectarian" attack, later found an abandoned bike and burning clothes in an alleyway off nearby Fox Street.

The partly-burnt clothes were recovered and it was hoped they would contain the DNA of the gunman.

However, 20 years on the killers are still walking the streets, and Niall is convinced they now believe they have got away with murder.

Niall said: "Our father Tommy died 10 years ago having never seen his son's killer brought to justice.

"It had been heartbreaking for him and it was heartbreaking for us as a family that he died without knowing.

"Another decade has passed and still there's nothing more for us to cling to other than memories.

"After Adrian was murdered, our father's health went downhill.

"It affected him very badly.

"He suffered through the pain of losing a child in such a brutal and immediate way but always said for us to keep fighting for justice for Adrian.

"I know there have been a lot of deaths in this country that have been forgotten but I don't want Adrian's murder ever to be forgotten."

Niall called for justice for his brother and his family. "The thought that his killer is still walking about this town, that we could be standing beside him in a shop, is just awful," he said.

"We want the man that pulled the trigger to be put behind bars," he added.

"Hopefully now that things have moved on and people are not as afraid to talk, someone with a conscience might come forward in relation to Adrian's murder.

"Our family has been left bereaved beyond words and the murder has cast a long shadow over the town.

"Adrian was a father of one, whose son has grown up to be a credit to him and his partner.

"He was only one when his daddy died and now he is at university in England.

"He never got to meet his dad properly, but we know his father would have been proud of him.

"It's now two decades on and as a family we feel justice should have been served and those responsible for this horrendous crime should have been put behind bars.

"My brother Kieran died at Easter time three years ago.

"He had fought for years for justice but to no avail and sadly won't have the joy of hopefully, one day, seeing the gunman jailed.

"So far, one woman, Muriel Gibson, served a jail sentence for assisting offenders.

"But it is time the gunman was put behind bars."

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