UDA thugs have ordered a grieving grandmother and her son out of their homes in the mouth of Christmas for daring to speak out against them.
Ellen Quinn (76), whose son Glenn (47) was brutally murdered in his Carrick flat in January, was given 24 hours to leave her home last Sunday along with her son Martin.
The mum and son were threatened with violence "including the possibility of firearms" if they didn't leave their home town.
The threat was delivered to the distraught family by the local neighbourhood PSNI inspector just hours after they spoke to Sunday Life about how much they are dreading their first Christmas without Glenn.
The sickening threats were a response to the heartbroken family's comments in the Sunday Life.
The police informed the family that "elements within the South East Antrim UDA have given Ellen Quinn and Martin Quinn 24 hours to leave Carrick or they would be subject to a violent attack and use of firearms could not be ruled out".
However a defiant Ellen, who is spending Christmas with her daughter Lesley in Scotland, said: "It is absolutely disgusting. I'm not one bit afraid of them.
"They can't do any worse to me than what they have already done to Glenn.
"If they come anywhere near me it will be the rock they perish on.
"They murdered my son and this is my first Christmas without him and I think about him morning, noon and night and what they did to him.
"They brutally murdered him and walked out of his flat laughing.
"The death threats don't surprise me. They are not the UDA, they are the Ulster Drugs Association living in their wee hide-holes, taking youngsters and leading them into drugs and it is time they were stopped."
Resolute Ellen added: "They will not put me out of Carrick. I belong in Carrick."
It is the second time that Ellen's son Martin has been threatened. In June he was also given 24 hours to leave Carrick after speaking out about his brother's killers.
He is disgusted that his elderly mum is now facing a death threat while trying to get through her first Christmas without her son.
"Obviously we are sickened that people who murdered Glenn could threaten violence against a 76-year-old woman," he said.
"Glenn received a threat on December 29 last year and a week later that threat was carried out and he was murdered so obviously myself and my mum are concerned.
"However, it has given us even more resolve to continue to shine the spotlight on these people and the people who protect them.
"If they think a bunch of junkies in an estate can stop us from seeking justice for Glenn, they are very sadly mistaken."
Glenn's mum has lived in Carrick all her life and recently moved to a pensioner's bungalow in the town.
The family has stepped up protective measures at both her and Martin's homes and police have promised to increase patrols around them.
Glenn was beaten to death in his flat on January 3 last year.
Frail because of a terminal illness, he didn't stand a chance when he was attacked by cowardly thugs wielding baseball bats and an iron bar. He died several hours later from horrific injuries.
Before he passed away, Glenn was able to make a phone call to his brother Martin when he named his killers.
It is believed he was targeted for criticising the South East Antrim UDA for an arson attack on the business premises of a friend.
Heartbreakingly last year's Christmas tree and cards from family and friends are still on display in his flat as it remains a crime scene.
Last week his devastated mum Ellen, sister Lesley and brother Martin spoke to Sunday Life of their agony at having to face their first Christmas without Glenn.
Now they are also looking over their shoulder as they live under a death threat.
Martin says: "Mum has great resolve, she will not be moving and she will not be going anywhere.
"We have to put our faith in the PSNI that they will carry out their promise to up patrols around our homes."
The family have been told that the threats and the attack on Glenn have not been sanctioned by the leadership of the South East Antrim UDA.
Martin adds: "The thugs that murdered Glenn are trying to shut us up and they are going to fail miserably as we will never stop seeking justice for Glenn." His sister Lesley added: "This isn't the South East Antrim UDA, this is Glenn's killers using that name to try and frighten and intimidate us and it won't work.
"That they could threaten a 76-year-old grandmother who is grieving is shameful and it has just strengthened our resolve to take a stand against them."
In an interview with Sunday Life in June the senior cop leading the Glenn Quinn murder investigation branded the killers of the popular Co Antrim man "UDA drug dealers" and said they had a "toxic influence" over the community.
Detective Chief Inspector Darren McCartney said they had "attacked other people before".
He said: "Members of the UDA were involved in the murder of Glenn Quinn. It was a murder that these people conducted on their own behalf, for their own enterprises, for their own gains. The people involved, I believe, were or are still members of the South East Antrim UDA.
"The people who did this have a toxic influence over that community. They are dealing drugs, they're ruining lives in Carrickfergus and we as a service want to bring that to an end. We want to get the people who killed Glenn and others and bring them to justice."