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Chilling video Grandad targeted in sinister machine-gun threat says he won't leave his home

"I laughed at the size of the gun, they must think they need something that big to take a man like me down."

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Clip of the machine-gun wielding thug seen on social media.

Clip of the machine-gun wielding thug seen on social media.

Clip of the machine-gun wielding thug seen on social media.

A grandfather targeted in a sinister machine-gun threat to him says he is standing his ground.

Thomas 'Tommy' 'Clutch' Mahon (57) told the Sunday World he has no plans to leave his Armagh home days after a chilling video of an M60-wielding thug vowing to shoot him dead appeared on social media.

The 12-second clip, posted to Facebook, shows a heavily armed and masked man point the powerful machine-gun favoured by the IRA at the camera, before threatening to kill Tommy.

The man has a coil of bullets draped over his arm.

Tommy, a well-known Traveller who is originally from the Leitrim area, said he was being targeted after the gang had a fallout with a man known to him a number of weeks ago.

"This has got nothing to do with me so I don't know why my name is being mentioned," he told our reporter from his Callan Bridge Park home.

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Tommy says he grew up around the Troubles.

Tommy says he grew up around the Troubles.

Tommy says if they want to involve him this is his home door.

Tommy says if they want to involve him this is his home door.

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Tommy says he grew up around the Troubles.

"But I would say to these people if they have a problem with me then come to my door, they know where I live.

"The door is there, they know where I am. If they think I am going to up sticks and get going, I won't be.

"There is going to be charges coming out of this [the previous incident a number of weeks ago] and maybe it's being done to get the charges dropped, that's not happening."

The Sunday World understands the cross-border gangsters behind the M60 video are linked to the senseless killing of a Co. Monaghan dairy farmer 13 years ago.

Victor Stewart was bludgeoned to death in his isolated Creevekeeran Road home in Middleton after he tried to beat off a four-man robbery gang ransacking his premises in October 2008.

The 45-year-old's killers left the "caring, generous, modest and hard-working" farmer to die a slow and painful death.

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Only one man was ever convicted in relation to the killing - Peter Joseph Maloney.

The then 24-year-old was sentenced to 13 years for Mr Stewart's manslaughter after admitting his role as the gang's getaway driver.

Maloney, from the Drumarg Park area of Armagh, has since been released.

It's understood a recent confrontation between Mr Mahon's son and those linked to the gang, sparked the threats to the grandfather of 21.

Mr Mahon said his son had since left his home over the altercation, which now involves police.

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Tommy has friends in the Shankill Road as well as in Andersonstown.

Tommy has friends in the Shankill Road as well as in Andersonstown.

Tommy refuses to say who he thinks is behind the bullying video

Tommy refuses to say who he thinks is behind the bullying video

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Tommy has friends in the Shankill Road as well as in Andersonstown.

He refused to name who he believed to be behind the chilling video but said he would not be intimidated.

He even posted his own video response to the death threat.

Standing outside the gates of his Armagh bungalow wearing a Tyrone GAA jersey, Mr Mahon says to the camera: "The video going around here on social media with a gun and my name's mentioned, why I do not know. If you want to involve me in it... you know where I am living.

"I'm on my own, there is no one else here and if you want to go down that road, that's not a problem, that's all I'm going to say."

Asked if he has been left in fear, the 57-year-old told the Sunday World: "I wasn't shocked, I'll be honest with you.

"I grew up in the North around the Troubles. I laughed at the size of the gun, they must think they need something that big to take a man like me down."

He added: "I am very proud of who I am. I am a very, very proud Traveller. I lived in Belfast for years and I had as many friends on the Shankill Road as I do in Andersonstown.

"I'm well known throughout the whole of Ireland, Scotland and England and people looking at that video would think what the hell is going on here?

"As I said in the video, why is my name mentioned? That's one of the reasons I publicly responded to it.

"What I would say to them directly is, whatever their problem is it's not with me. And why my name was mentioned I do not know in the first place.

"I have no interest in them whatsoever."

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