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BEATEN TO DEATH Forensic cops return to scene of UDA's brutal Glenn Quinn murder amid breakthrough rumours

Glenn was the seventh person to be murdered by SEA members - none of which has been solved. All of the murders, which span 20 years, were the result of personal disputes

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Glenn Quinn’s murder has still not been solved

Glenn Quinn’s murder has still not been solved

Glenn Quinn’s murder has still not been solved

Specialist forensic teams this week returned to the Carrickfergus flat where Glenn Quinn was murdered 18 months ago.

Boiler-suited officers spent more than four hours inside the flat at Ashleigh Park in the seaside town on Wednesday morning and left with an estimated 10 evidence bags.

According to one witness, evidence bags were stacked in the communal hallway of the block of flats before being loaded up and taken away.

Mr Quinn's home remains a crime scene more than year and a half after he was battered to death by a UDA gang.

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Last pic: Glenn Quinn on CCTV

Last pic: Glenn Quinn on CCTV

Last pic: Glenn Quinn on CCTV

 

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.

Mr Quinn's home has been sealed since his death in January last year and was resealed on Wednesday.

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

There has been growing frustration in the town at the lack of progress in the case.

Glenn Quinn was a popular figure and there was 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.

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Glenn Quinn’s home

Glenn Quinn’s home

Glenn Quinn’s home

 

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

His body was discovered on January 3 after it emerged he made a number of phone calls, one to his brother Martin and another to a friend to say he had been the victim of an attack.

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.

This week a community source told the Sunday World there was frustration and even anger at the failure to secure a conviction.

"SEA run about doing what they want, the police never go into the estates which means these guys have free rein to do what they want, the drug situation in this town is beyond belief.

"Then we have the police urging people to come forward with information, how can they expect people to put their heads above the parapet when their own officers don't come into the estates?"

The Sunday World also understands the Quinn family has raised concerns about policing with DUP chief Sir Jeffrey Donaldson.

Meetings are also planned with TUV leader Jim Allister and UUP boss Doug Beattie.

A number of people were arrested and questioned about Glenn's murder, most notably former UDA enforcer Colin Simms. The killer driver and convicted drug-runner was released without charge but has since been expelled from South East Antrim UDA.

According to sources, investigators took DNA samples from Simms' dog after recovering what they believe is dog excrement from the murder scene.

Glenn was the seventh person to be murdered by SEA members - none of which has been solved.

All of the murders, which span 20 years, were the result of personal disputes.

Failure to secure convictions has led to the view that SEA is untouchable, resulting in a reluctance in the community to speak out.

Glenn was murdered because he voiced concern about arson attacks on a mechanic business owned by his friend.

The Carrickfergus UDA's other unsolved murders include that of Chinese takeaway owner Simon Tang, who was beaten to death; Charlie Strain (28), Tommy Holloran (49) and Hugh Cameron (36) were all abducted and murdered as was loyalist Mark 'Judge' Gourley (36.

In 2017 Carrick UDA commander Geordie Gilmore (44) was shot dead.

A PSNI spokesperson confirmed officers had returned to the Quinn murder scene.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil McGuinness said: "Glenn's family deserve justice, so if anyone has any information they are asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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