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Lisa Dorrian's killer being harboured by UVF

 

Bangor woman Lisa Dorrian was murdered in 2005
Bangor woman Lisa Dorrian was murdered in 2005
Graffiti wrongly blaming the LVF on murdering Lisa Dorrian that went up in Rathcoole last week
Ciaran Barnes

By Ciaran Barnes

The cover-up over the murder of Lisa Dorrian goes right to the top of the UVF.

Sunday Life has learned that the missing shop assistant's killer is related to the terror gang's south-east Antrim leader, who has spent more than a decade protecting him.

So too is his father, a Red Hand Commando (RHC) veteran, who helped his son secretly bury Lisa's body 14 years ago after she went missing from a north Down caravan site.

It is because of these paramilitary connections that the UVF and RHC, to the disgust of both memberships, have harboured the killer and his accomplice.

After this newspaper revealed last weekend that a father and son are the chief suspects, the RHC went on a graffiti blitz around Newtownabbey spray-painting walls blaming the LVF on Lisa's murder.

But the LVF had nothing to do with the killing or disappearance. The graffiti was a deliberate attempt to focus public attention away from the true killers. Pressure is now growing on UVF and RHC chiefs, who investigated Lisa's murder in 2005, to publicly distance themselves from the father and son.

There is an acceptance in both organisations of their guilt, however nothing has been done to force either to come forward with information about the secret burial site.

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A leading loyalist revealed: "Lisa's killer 'A', and his father 'B', are related to the UVF's south-east Antrim commander. He even got 'A' a job as a taxi driver because he couldn't find work due to everyone knowing he was involved in the murder.

"When the Sunday Life story came out last week about 'A' and 'B' being the main suspects, 'B' had graffiti painted blaming the LVF on Lisa's killing even though that had been disproved years ago.

"The two of them should do the decent thing and get word to the police about where Lisa's body is buried."

The loyalist insider said Lisa's killing and disappearance has caused huge disquiet in the south-east Antrim UVF and RHC.

Our source added: "Everyone knows 'A' and 'B' were involved, and the south-east Antrim UVF and the RHC is covering for them because of their family connections. It's sickening.

"Bunter Graham and Winkie Rea need to step in and tell these scumbags to say where the body is buried."

After Lisa was murdered in 2005 the UVF held an internal investigation. Both the killer and his RHC father were questioned, with the finger of blame wrongly pointed at the LVF.

The 14th anniversary of Lisa's disappearance from a Ballyhalbert caravan park occurred last Thursday. She was last seen alive at a drug party by Mark Lovett, who worked as a groundsman at the site. He has never been charged in connection with Lisa's case.

He told police how he and Lisa fled the caravan when they heard noises and saw flashing lights outside. In an anonymous account given to BBC Spotlight in 2005 the then 17-year-old explained how they lost each other in the dark at 5am.

Lovett, who has convictions for possessing an offensive weapon and drugs, said he searched for Lisa and rang her mobile, which was answered by her ex-boyfriend Stevie Thompson, who is not a police suspect.

Thompson later told this newspaper he bought the phone for Lisa, which she had given back to him after they ended their relationship a few days before her disappearance.

Appealing for information about her older sister's disappearance, Joanne Dorrian said: "Lisa would have been 40 in June of this year and that has really resonated with us. She has gone from being a young girl to a 40-year-old adult.

"We are far enough in the investigation to now believe that there are people outside of those involved in Lisa's disappearance and murder that know where she is."

Anyone with information about the murder of Lisa Dorrian should contact police on the non-emergency 101 number or the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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