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Gun attack victim once accused of killing his aunt and uncle and convicted of stabbing dog

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
Jim Carlisle
Jim Carlisle
Gun attack victim once accused of killing his aunt and uncle and convicted of stabbing dog
Gun attack victim once accused of killing his aunt and uncle and convicted of stabbing dog
Gun attack victim once accused of killing his aunt and uncle and convicted of stabbing dog
Gun attack victim once accused of killing his aunt and uncle and convicted of stabbing dog

Craigavon gun attack victim Jim Carlisle was once accused of the murder of his own aunt and uncle at their Leghahory home in Craigavon on March 6, 2011.

However, the double-murder charges and charges of possessing a weapon and ammunition with intent were dropped.

At the time, a source linked to the family of Carlise told the Sunday World that he is "an evil monster".

Carlisle, who carried his aunt Jacqueline McGeough’s coffin, was the chief suspect in the brutal double murder.

Jacqueline, 44, was shot three times and her 56-year-old husband once.

Both victims had been shot in the head.

"We weren't allowed to touch Jacqueline at all in the coffin. We couldn't touch her face or her hair or even her hands.

"It was like a bad dream you can't wake from, that only gets worse," a family source said.

Speaking anonymously due to fears for their safety, our source described vicious hood Jim Carlisle as "an evil monster".

"You couldn't put into words how sick and twisted he is. He stood at Jacqueline’s coffin with tears falling down his face.

"Nobody could believe how he was acting so upset because they detested each other for the best part of ten years.

"The fact that he was even at the funeral was shocking.

"But what made matters worse was he made himself front and centre of the whole thing.

"He insisted on saying a reading at the mass. It was horrifying.

"He absolutely hated Jacqueline because she stood up to him.

"He once battered his young cousin with a baseball bat and chased him with a gun and Jacqueline reported him to the cops and after that he was out to get her."

 

Our report on Carlisle from 2013

Carlisle was also jailed for five months in 2009 after he threatened a man and stabbed his dog during an altercation. 

The court heard that Carlisle emerged from bushes as the other man was trying to chase off two dogs, one of which was nipping at his dog.

The man alleged that Carlisle unfolded a knife, threatened "to stab and slice" him up before making a twisting, thrusting motion with the knife.

The victim's Cocker Spaniel was taken to a vet, and had 14 stitches inserted in its back, and a further three to four stitches to the front of its chest.

Yesterday's attack saw Carlisle blasted several times, in front of terrified children at St Brendan's Primary School shortly after 3pm.

Carlisle is currently being treated in hospital for multiple gunshot wounds and his condition is said to be stable.

Footage of a car burnt out in the nearby Kilwilkie area shortly after the shooting at around 3pm today has also emerged.

Police believe a black BMW 525 Sport, reg JIG 8111, which was found on fire in Deramore Drive at 3.21pm this afternoon may be linked to the shooting.

Chief Inspector Jon Burrows said: "We are very keen to trace the movement of this car this afternoon. If you noticed this vehicle or have any information in relation to the shooting, please contact us in Lurgan on 101."

PSNI Chief Inspector Jon Burrows is quoted in the Belfast Telegraph as saying: "The area was very busy and we believe a number of people may have witnessed this shooting.

"We would ask anyone who has information to contact us as soon as possible so we can progress our investigation.

"There are no words to describe the foolhardiness and complete disregard for the safety of the children and parents who were in the area at the time. If you have information, please phone us on 101."

Sinn Fein MLA John O'Dowd has condemned the shooting.

"This shooting outside St Brendan's Primary School in the Moyraverty area of Craigavon was wrong and I totally condemn it," Mr O'Dowd said.

"This was a terrifying experience for pupils and staff at the school. 

"Those who carried out this shooting showed absolutely no regard for the pupils, their parents, school staff and the wider community. 

"There can be no place for guns in our society. 

"I would encourage anyone with information on this shooting to bring it forward to the PSNI."