Lesley Murphy the sister to Glenn Quinn, who was beaten and murdered in Carrickfergus – has released a statement on her facebook, where she says she has received reassurances that the South East Antrim UDA had no involvement in the murder of her brother.

The statement also states: An assurance was also given to us that there will be no intimidation or repercussions from the organisation against any witnesses who wish to come forward and speak to police.

Read the full statement below:

We have recently received two separate messages from senior members of the UDA via intermediaries, each stating that their organisation were not behind Glenn’s murder and they did not order the attack on him. Given this development, we are left with the simple fact then, that the individuals who attacked and killed Glenn, did so for their own personal reasons. They falsely used the name of their organisation to instil further fear in Glenn after the initial attack. The senior members have advised us that these individuals are to have zero backing or support from them or any member of the UDA. An assurance was also given to us that there will be no intimidation or repercussions from the organisation against any witnesses who wish to come forward and speak to police.

These statements now strongly indicate to us that the people who attacked and killed my brother are nothing more than a very small group of cowardly bullies.

We have been appealing to this organisation’s senior members to issue this statement for some time, thankfully we now have it. We as a family will never condone this organisation or any of its activities, communities should never have to live their lives with fear or intimidation, Glenn should never have been frightened of them in his own home. We do however, welcome the statements we have received and we hope it can bring some reassurance to anyone who may hold vital information in relation to Glenn’s murder.

I remain hopeful that the police investigation will continue to push forward and that any witnesses will now more readily speak to the PSNI. We do not want these bullies to harm another person in Carrick, it’s now time that they faced justice for Glenn’s murder.

Thank you all for the support you show to us, it’s what keeps us going in our darkest of days.

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