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MOB THREAT Brother of terminally ill UDA murder victim Glenn Quinn targeted by Loyalists for speaking out

Police called to his home on Monday to warn him he is being targeted by loyalists in Carrickfergus

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Glenn Quinn who was battered to death in January 2020

Glenn Quinn who was battered to death in January 2020

Glenn Quinn who was battered to death in January 2020

The brother of UDA murder victim Glenn Quinn has been warned he is under threat from loyalists for talking to the press.

Police called to his home on Monday to warn him he is being targeted by loyalists in Carrickfergus.

Speaking to the Sunday World this week, Martin Quinn said it is the "fourth or fifth" time he has been targeted since a South East Antrim UDA mob battered his brother to death in January last year.

He said the threat message said he was being targeted because of his contact with the press and politicians as he campaigns for justice for his brother.

And he vowed his family would remain undeterred in their quest.

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Colin Simms

Colin Simms

Colin Simms

 

"We are not going to be put off, we are completely resolute in our determination not to be distracted.

"We will make sure the spotlight will remain on Glenn's case until those responsible are caught."

He said he and his mother, who live in the seaside town, had improved their personal security and the PSNI has assured them policing around their homes will be stepped up.

The threat came days after forensic team returned to the murder scene at Ashleigh Park where Glenn was attacked in his own home.

Specialist teams removed a number of items from Glenn's home which has remained a sealed-off crime scene since his bloodied body was discovered there on January 3.

The Sunday World understands a PSNI team was supported by a specialist team from England.

Sources have told us the difficulties presented by Covid had stalled the investigation and restricted access to the property but that the flat had been 'chemically preserved' in the hope potential DNA samples and trace DNA can now be recovered.

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It is understood clothing and other items were removed as hopes for a significant breakthrough in the case are raised.

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Martin Quinn, at the shrine to his brother Glenn

Martin Quinn, at the shrine to his brother Glenn

Martin Quinn, at the shrine to his brother Glenn

Terminally ill Glenn Quinn was a popular figure in the town and there was widespread outrage over his brutal killing.

His family has maintained a high-profile fight for justice and has lodged a complaint about the nature of the investigation with the Police Ombudsman.

The victim was battered to death in his home in an unprovoked attack carried out by members of South East Antrim UDA.

He had been involved in an altercation with an SEA member a couple of weeks earlier only for the gang to return in early New Year.

It is understood they hid in the communal hallway before pouncing on their defenceless victim as he returned home.

Unable to defend himself, he was pummelled with iron bars and baseball bats and left in a bloodied heap.

The Quinn family has held talks with DUP chief Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, with meetings also planned with UUP boss Doug Beattie and TUV leader Jim Allister.

Meanwhile it has emerged one of the men quizzed in connection with the Quinn murder, Colin Simms, has not been seen in the town for the last 10 days.

He is understood to have left the town after an alleged domestic incident at his home. Simms, a one-time trusted enforced for the SEA leadership, was stood down from the organisation in the wake of the Quinn murder.

The killer driver and convicted drug runner was among a number of people arrested and questioned in relation to the crime but was released without charge.

Investigators took DNA samples from Simms' dog after recovering what they believe is dog excrement from the murder scene.

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