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‘Trick or treat’ killer appeals his sentence for attacking sisters

Notorious loyalist UFF 'Trick or Treat' killer Torrens Knight pictured at his first court appearance days after the infamous massacre at the Rising Sun Bar in Greysteel in North County Londonderry in October 1993
Notorious loyalist UFF 'Trick or Treat' killer Torrens Knight pictured at his first court appearance days after the infamous massacre at the Rising Sun Bar in Greysteel in North County Londonderry in October 1993
Ivan Little

By Ivan Little

One of the men convicted of the 1993 UFF Halloween Greysteel massacre has been in court to appeal against his four month jail sentence for attacking two sisters in a Coleraine bar in May 2008.

The ‘Trick or Treat' killer Torrens Knight served just seven years of the 12 life terms he was given for the murders of eight people in the Rising Sun pub in Greysteel, and four Catholic workmen in Castlerock earlier the same year. He shouted ‘trick or treat’ before opening fire on the pubgoers.

Knight, from Ashdale, Coleraine, was freed from jail in 2000 under an early release licence but that was suspended after his latest conviction in October last year for assaulting the sisters and disorderly behaviour.

The two sisters gave evidence at the appeal at Antrim County Court yesterday.

Rosemary Sutherland said Knight punched her in the face and broke her nose after she tried to stop him kicking her sister, whom he had knocked to the ground in the Blackthorn bar after telling her he had unfinished business with her.

Her sister Caroline Nicholl said she had only met 40-year-old Knight once before, but claimed he had kicked her mother's door in on one occasion.

Ms Sutherland denied her injuries were caused by a headbutt from her ex-husband's new wife.

A lawyer for Knight asked Ms Sutherland why she hadn't called police immediately after he allegedly assaulted her.

She replied: “Because of who it was. We were scared”.

Caroline Nicholl later denied calling Knight a “murdering scumbag” or that she had accused his wife of being “a tramp”.

She also denied there was a vendetta between her family and Knight.

In statements to police Knight said he believed he had been blamed in the wrong for a shooting involving a member of the sisters' family, while all he just wanted to do was to get on with his life.

Referring to his past, he also told police: “I am not ashamed of what I have done” .

The hearing has been adjourned and continues on Monday.

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