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If UFF mass murderer Torrens Knight is truly sorry, he must prove it with more than platitudes

By Rebecca Black

The daughter of a woman who died in the Enniskillen bomb has challenged UFF killer Torrens Knight to show that his "remorse" for the murders he carried out at Greysteel and Castlerock is genuine.

The notorious 'trick or treat' gunman was one of those convicted of the massacre of eight patrons of the Rising Sun bar in Greysteel and the slaughter of four workmen in Castlerock.

He recently spoke about "finding God", and expressed regret for his former life of terrorism.

Aileen Quinton, whose mother Alberta was among 12 killed when the IRA blast devastated a Remembrance Day event at the cenotaph in Enniskillen, has challenged the notorious loyalist thug to prove his remorse.

She urged him to offer a sincere apology backed by actions, such as helping police with anything he knows that could help bring convictions on unsolved murders.

She also condemned Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness for taking part in events celebrating the IRA, and being invited to address a victims' conference despite never having apologised for Provo actions.

"I do care if terrorists are genuinely remorseful, and not the 'sorry these things had to happen' rubbish we are supposed to be impressed with," she said.

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"The clear message given is that remorse doesn't matter, which in turn means that the violence and the pain inflicted doesn't matter, even when the pain is very much in the present.

"So, if he is genuinely remorseful, then that is good."

She contacted the Belfast Telegraph after reading a column written by editor Gail Walker last week which said terrorist regret was nothing without atonement.

She wrote: "It is remarkable that not one out of all the perpetrators offers themselves up for appropriate retribution. They all make off with the good fortune of their community notoriety on the one hand and their freedom to live on the other."

She added: "And then there are those anonymous perpetrators of unsolved atrocities. How refreshing it would be if the many hundreds of killers who were never brought to justice at all were suddenly to step forward and stake a claim to their murder! Then we all might take regret and sorrow and understanding and context much more seriously."

Mrs Quinton said: "Of course I agree with Gail Walker, that it does need to go further.

"How sorry is he (Knight)? Is he sorry enough to come clean about everything he was up to?

"Has he given the police all information about his 'colleagues'?

"In this case 'sorry' is not the hardest word, and cannot be accepted as the last word."

In 2002 the IRA issued an apology to all "non-combatants" it killed during its 30-year terror campaign, but qualified it by stating there had been "fatalities amongst combatants on all sides".

Mr McGuinness refused to apologise for IRA actions last December.

In 2013, while on a visit to Warrington in Cheshire, he expressed his sadness at the deaths of two young boys killed in an IRA bombing.

In 2000 Shankill bomber Sean Kelly said he set out to kill the leadership of the UDA, and had not intended innocent people to die.

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