Young South East Antrim UDA hoods suspect veteran loyalist after series of police drug raids
A convicted bomber is at the centre of a South East Antrim UDA smear campaign mounted by its own members.
Loyalist sources say Stanley Curry, who served 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of a pal of Johnny Adair, is being targeted simply because he is English.
The terror gang’s leaders have been gripped by mistrust following a series of successful PSNI raids that have resulted in thousands of pounds worth of drugs being recovered and UDA members arrested.
Sources say Curry — who moved to the Rathcoole estate in Newtownabbey after getting out of prison — has been scapegoated despite there being absolutely no evidence linking him to the finds.
“There has been a whispering campaign against Curry, simply because he is English and not from Northern Ireland,” a South East Antrim UDA source told Sunday Life.
“He is a strange man, extremely paranoid and keeps a low profile, mainly because he thinks Adair could have him killed in the future.
“Younger UDA members are questioning his background and why someone who had a good job as a train driver in England would get involved in a bomb attack and then move to Rathcoole when he got out of jail even though he has no family here.”
Curry attended a South East Antrim UDA Remembrance Sunday commemoration in a Newtownabbey cemetery last November, and was among a group of loyalists who left a wreath at the grave of its murdered leader John ‘Grugg’ Gregg.
The terror boss was gunned down in 2003 during a feud with the rival ‘C’ company faction led by Adair. The killing forced Adair and his closest henchmen to flee Northern Ireland for new lives in England and Scotland.
It was one of this group — UDA gunman ‘Fat’ Jackie Thompson — who Curry tried to murder in a December 2003 bomb attack. Curry attached the device to the underside of Thompson’s car which partially exploded as the vehicle went over a speed ramp.
DNA retrieved from the wreckage matched that of Curry, and he was also seen on CCTV making scouting trips to his victim’s Bolton home.
He was sentenced to 20 years in prison following a 2005 trial.
Pictures also emerged of Curry posing with ‘UFF West Midlands’ and ‘Midlands Brigade’ flags. It was further revealed that the divorced dad-of-one was planning on selling his home in Birmingham and moving to south-east Antrim where “his type of people lived”.
Curry was transferred from an English jail to the loyalist wing of Maghaberry Prison. He was freed after 14 years, moving to the Rathcoole estate where he is becoming an increasingly isolated figure.
“When Curry got out of prison, he thought he would get a hero’s welcome in Rathcoole but barely anyone raised an eyebrow, and that really angered him,” added our source.
“None of the younger UDA members respect him, most of them were in primary school when he tried to kill Jackie Thompson and can’t remember it.
“It’s these fellas, a lot of them drug dealers, who are behind the whispering campaign against Curry.
“There’s nothing Curry can really do about it, though, because he has no family over here to back him up — he is completely isolated.”