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Raymond McCord: 'He was my oldest son but he was a big softie'

 

Raymond McCord
Raymond McCord

Raymond McCord Jnr was so badly beaten that his family weren't allowed to see him in the morgue. He was identified through his fingerprints.

"He was the oldest of my three sons but he was a big softie," his father Raymond recalled. "I found out he had done his best to defend himself as the UVF battered him, but he was outnumbered and they used breeze blocks. There was only ever going to be one outcome."

Raymond Jnr's body was found on Remembrance Sunday 1997, in Ballyduff quarry. He was 22-years-old.

His father said: "I've been fighting for justice for my son for 22 years - as long as he lived. I'm never out of courts and we haven't even had an inquest yet, but I'm not alone. There are other families waiting 40 years for an inquest."

Raymond added: "I've received so many death threats I've lost count. The police don't do anything, they just advise you to increase your own security.

"The last threat came three weeks ago. The UVF want rid of me because they're frightened of me exposing their top people as informers."

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