Daughter to sue MoD over UDA murder

Published Wednesday, 09 January 2013
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The family of a man murdered by the UDA says they plan to sue the Ministry of Defence and the police for state collusion in their father's killing.

Terence McDaid was killed in 1988 in a case of mistaken identity by a gang who had set out to kill his brother David.

The gunmen burst into his north Belfast home and shot him dead.

His daughters Patricia and Tracey were just six and eight years old at the time.

"I just remember my daddy lying there," Tracey told UTV Live Tonight.

"When we came down the stairs we were told not to look in the room, but I was eight at the time and of course I looked and seen him lying there.

"That picture will never leave me."

"It was the beginning of a different life," Patricia said.

"It wasn't the life my mummy and daddy would have provided for me if they'd both still been here.

"Everything changed that night."

All these years later it is still so difficult and it's because there is no justice.

Tracey McDaid

It was known that an army agent, Brian Nelson, had supplied the UDA with Terence's address, but new information in the recently published Pat Finucane review has also unveiled the integral role he played in the murder.

"This report provides fresh evidence and detail in relation to the very direct role the state agent Brian Nelson played in the targeting of Declan McDaid and the murder of Terence McDaid," the family's lawyer Padraig O'Muirigh explained.

"We now know that he had a very direct role in targeting Mr McDaid, he provided intelligence information, he carried out a visit of the area, we know now that he met with his handlers the day after the murder and provided information in relation to his direct role.

He continued: "It's very clear that the information was also passed to Special Branch, and we now have a date that almost a month before, Mr McDaid was murdered, the RUC were well aware that Declan McDaid, his brother, was being targeted and they took no action."

We also know from documentation disclosed in the report, that Special Branch were well aware of who was involved in the murder and again they did not investigate this.

Padraig O'Muirigh, family lawyer

The authorities have previously paid compensation privately to Mr McDaid's widow Maura and their eldest daughter, Tracey.

Patricia did not receive anything as she was deemed to be too young to have suffered any lasting psychological damage.

With previously classified intelligence documents now in the public domain, she will be taking legal action against the Ministry of Defence and the police.

Tracey said that now the review has confirmed the collusion, she wants questions to be answered and for those responsible brought before the courts.

"We want justice and for people to admit that, yes, there was collusion in my daddy's case," she said.

"They came into the house that night, murdered my daddy and walked away, and left devastation behind them.

"They are walking the streets. They are probably not even affected by it."

Patricia added: "Closure would mean knowing the truth, and being able to move on with life."

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strabane in strabane wrote (467 days ago):
i here alot of complants about bloody sunday but it worked the british government said they were ira men killed in comdat but it was proven they were civil rights marchers murder by solders this man was nothing but a father sitting at home when he was targeted by mistake and the police new who done it and still to this day havent arested them
william in coleraine wrote (468 days ago):
ryan,heres a history lesson for you, you say germany recieved aggression from the uk? are you talking about ww1 or 2? i believe germany started both of those wars and lost, your ramblings are comedy gold
wilma in ballymena wrote (468 days ago):
so its nothing to do with the money then so i might sue also for when i lived in belfast i saw a young man returning from his work being blew up i saw car bombs killing people i saw young british soldiers being killed in front of me the images have never left me dont get me wrong im sorry their father was murdered but why only claim now i lost 2 loved ones an i lost my soldier boyfriend but i did nt claim all i wanted was the scum to be caught
Michael in Belfast wrote (468 days ago):
A Catholic friend of mine stated yesterday 'sure lets all have inquiry after inquiry, like the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, until we hear what we wn at to hear'. Seems like he summed it up. Unless these people hear exactly what they want to hear then no amount of inquiries will satisfy them. David Cameron has stated that a line must be drawn and there would be no more inquiries. If he backtracks on this then Northern Ireland will have a serious problem as Protestant victims of the troubles seem to be being forgotten and airbrushed out of history. I agree that the Irish Government should be made to come clean as to their role in the Troubles here. Why did they fail to stop bombs being driven across the border and give sanctuary to terrorists. Sinn Fein also need to come clean about their senior members roles. Until this happens there can never truely be peace here.
hevs in belfast wrote (469 days ago):
COLLUSION IS AN ILLUSION !!! IF THE STATE ASSISTED IN WIDESPREAD COLLUSION, WHY ARE THERE SO MANY "FORMER PROVOS" ALIVE TODAY ???? ITS THE SAME OLD STORY FROM THE I HATE ANYTHING BRITISH ,ETHNIC CLEANSING PROVOS. "WE MUST HEAR EVERYBODY ELSES TRUTH FROM THE CONFLICT, BUT DONT YOU DARE ASK US TO REVEAL OURS !!!!!!!!!
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