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Career criminal who topped UDA death list turns up at party armed with handgun and machete

Ian Price

A career criminal who topped a UDA death list showed up to a boozy remembrance drink for a friend murdered by the terror gang armed with a handgun and machete.

Ian 'Buttons' Price, who has 167 convictions, ended up throwing a zip bag containing the pistol and bullets at an intoxicated Natasha Hogsett - the mother of slain Colin Horner's children.

Later that evening, the drunken and drugged-up 33-year-old threatened two people at the party in Bangor, who were named in court as John McCormick and his niece.

A terrified McCormick hid upstairs and rang police, pleading: "Right the fella is at the front door, could you get somebody here quick because he has got a f*****g weapon on him. The fella is in the house, I am upstairs, I am with my wee niece and your fella chased me up the street but I know he's got something on him.

"I don't know if it's a f*****g knife but he chased me up the street because I tried to get his girl back into a taxi. He thinks I touched for his girl, but I didn't."

Bullets

Price was arrested after the 2ft machete was discovered in his car, and kids playing on the street near Fort Terrace found the pistol and ammo the following day. He denied the gun was his, but pictures of the same weapon and bullets were found on his mobile phone which was seized by police.

Price started a two-and-a-half year prison sentence last Thursday after admitting possessing the gun and machete.

Nicknamed 'Buttons' because of his small size, the prolific criminal was good friends with Colin Horner who was gunned down by the South East Antrim UDA in Bangor in May 2017.

Like his pal he was also targeted repeatedly by the terror gang and has suffered several punishment attacks, the first of which occurred when he was just 13 years old.

Ian Price's uncle is loyalist Adrian Price who leads the South East Antrim UDA faction operating in Newtownards.

The 49-year-old was convicted of withholding information about the Horner killing and given a 12-month suspended prison sentence. A separate murder charge was left on the books.

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