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sustained attack UVF killer and child porn perv John MacCauley's home attacked by UDA

'They attacked the house around 1.30am,' he told us. 'I was still up but it was frightening. It was paramilitaries who did it'    

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Killer John MacCauley at his home this week

Killer John MacCauley at his home this week

Killer John MacCauley at his home this week

The home of UVF killer John MacCauley, recently convicted of child porn charges, has been attacked with paint bombs by the UDA - but he's staying put.

The 74-year-old, who admitted to cops he was "a dirty old bastard" when confronted about his illegal child images, says he was targeted by paramilitaries in the middle of the night.

We had heard the pensioner, who murdered an innocent Catholic woman for the UVF in 1975, had been put out of the Craigyhill estate after his confession to 14 charges of possessing indecent images back in April.

The front of his home had clearly come under sustained attack and windows had been smashed and the front door targeted too.

But we were shocked to discover MacCauley, who struggles with ill-health, was still at home when we called at his damaged front door.

"They attacked the house around 1.30am," he told us. "I was still up but it was frightening. It was paramilitaries who did it.

"I'm no risk to anyone," he added.

Confirming he owns the property, MacCauley told us he didn't know what he was going to do - stay or go.

His home overlooks a large grassy green which, when we called, was full of kids playing at a football net.

Neighbours told us they were uneasy about having him in the area but confirmed there had not been any issues with him.

One neighbour said: "We were told the UVF wouldn't put him out because he did his time for them during the Troubles.

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John MacCauley’s Craigyhill home

John MacCauley’s Craigyhill home

John MacCauley’s Craigyhill home

 

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"Craigyhill is mostly a UDA estate and it was the UDA that attacked his house in the middle of the night.

"You can see all the kids playing close to his house and it's not ideal but to be honest he's very old and nobody ever sees him. He comes out occasionally to fix up his garden, that's about all we see of him."

MacCauley walked free from Antrim Crown Court in April after a judge said the best way to monitor him was through a two-year probation order after it emerged the charges dated back to 2017 and he had kept out of trouble since.

During his sentence hearing reference was made to MacCauley's previous criminal record which included the murder of Catholic woman Collette Brown by the UVF in 1975.

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Collette Brown’s body was found in a field

Collette Brown’s body was found in a field

Collette Brown’s body was found in a field

 

His barrister told the court MacCauley had struggled to come to terms with his crime - for which he served nine years of a life sentence.

It was claimed the twisted ex-terrorist still visits the grave of the 31-year-old mother of four whose body was found dumped in a field near Larne.

And when confronted by the Sunday World in April, MacCauley confirmed the claim was true.

He said: "What I said in court is true, I go to her grave and apologise for what I did.

"I still struggle with it, that's the honest truth."

Collette Brown's case was somewhat confusing. Despite being Catholic she was said to have links with loyalist paramilitaries but was also a former member of the Women's Royal Army Corps and had been sentenced to death by the UVF for allegedly passing information to the IRA.

MacCauley said he didn't want to talk about Collette Brown anymore and when we asked why he had got involved in watching shocking child porn videos he replied: "I honestly don't know. I can't explain it."

The court was told he has been shunned by his family and isolated by the community - ironically saying he himself is now living under paramilitary threat.

He was caught with more than 300 images and videos of children being raped and sexually abused.

Many of those images and film clips were deemed to be Category A - the most depraved kind.

According to the prosecution, when police raided MacCauley's home and explained why they were there, "he made a significant statement that 'I'm a dirty old bastard - I'm guilty'."

Arrested and questioned, MacCauley made "what can only be described as full admissions" that he had been viewing indecent images for about three years and the barrister said an "interesting feature is that he said that the children would have been as young as one".

MacCauley had 369 indecent images of children and according to the classification system, 105 images were at category A, the most serious category, 97 were at B and 167 at C.

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Collette Brown

Collette Brown

Collette Brown

 

In addition, MacCauley was found to have 12 category A videos and according to legal guidelines, images and videos at that level depict children involved in acts such as rape and can include elements of sadomasochism.

According to the book Lost Lives which documents every murder from throughout the Troubles, Collette Brown's body was found in a field on the Killyglen Road in the harbour town and during the trial of MacCauley and another man, the court heard how she had been at her brother's wedding and then a party where she had been involved in a row.

In April, the court was told that since his offences have come to light, MacCauley has "lost his wife, his two sons and his family and he has come under the attention of local paramilitaries which is an irony when one thinks back to what he did with paramilitaries in the '70s."

MacCauley was also ordered to adhere to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for ten years and he must sign the sex offenders register for five years.

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