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Images: Garda killer cremated in secret €800 ceremony

Crime DeskBy Patrick O'Connell
Mackin's coffin is transferred into a hearse at the crematorium in Belfast (Pics: Conor McCaughey)
Mackin's coffin is transferred into a hearse at the crematorium in Belfast (Pics: Conor McCaughey)

COP-KILLER Adrian Crevan Mackin’s remains were cremated at a secret €800 ceremony outside Belfast attended by just 10 mourners in Belfast yesterday.

Our pictures show the coffin carrying the remains of the despised 24-year-old cop-killer and bomb-maker being taken inside Roselawn Crematorium on the Ballygowan Rd, in Crossnacreevy outside Belfast for cremation at 10.30 am.

In stark contrast to the funeral mass of much loved Garda Tony Golden on Thursday, attended by more than 5,000 mourners, Mackin’s ceremony was low key with several of those who did turn up covering their faces to avoid being photographed.

Mackin’s remains were picked up from a Newry undertakers’ shortly after 9 am and brought to Roselawn where a number of mourners were already waiting.

In total The Sunday World observed just 10 people – two men and eight women - turning up to see the arrival of the hearse carrying the remains of the disgraced dissident’s arrive.

At 10.26 am – with insufficient numbers to carry the coffin – the coffin was lifted outside onto a trolley and wheeled inside.

Less than half an hour later the mourners re-emerged having said their farewells to the psychotic woman beater.

A short time after the mourners re-emerged the PSNI were called to the scene to ask one journalist spotted in the crematorium’s parking lot to leave.

The Sunday World has learned the cremation ceremony Mackin received is priced at UK£595 or just over €800.

It emerged earlier this week that Gardai carrying out searches in the aftermath of the shooting of Garda Tony Golden and Mackin’s critically ill girlfriend Siobhan Philips recovered a second high-powered Glock automatic pistol and 700 rounds of ammunition hidden in his car.

A psychologist had also assessed Crevan Mackin as "extremely dangerous" and likely to pose a serious threat to others, particularly his partner Siobhán Phillips.

A report on the 24-year-old, who was on bail for IRA membership, was compiled at the behest of the North's social services.

According to reports Mackin had threatened the lives of two female social workers in Northern Ireland who were investigating him for domestic abuse against his former partner.

As a result of the incident, which was being investigated by the PSNI, the Northern authorities asked a psychologist to review the extensive file they held on him and give them an assessment.

"The report assessed him as being extremely dangerous with the capacity for extreme violence, including murder," an informed source said.

Mackin had been involved in reactivating decommissioned handguns, which he was supplying to criminal gangs and terrorists.

He had been ordering deactivated guns online from firms in the US which he then received by post. The sale of such weapons is legal once the operating parts and firing mechanisms are removed.

Separately, he was also ordering gun parts online, which he then used to reactivate the replicas as lethal weapons.

He was already well-known to gardaí and the PSNI for his involvement in a break-away faction of the Real IRA and had been spotted regularly in the company of "major players" in the various paramilitary gangs.