Loyalist killer Torrens Knight released from jail

Published Friday, 06 August 2010
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Loyalist killer Torrens Knight has been released from prison.

The convicted mass murderer was sent back to jail last year for attacking two sisters in Coleraine and had his early release licence suspended.

Knight was convicted of 12 terrorist murders during the Troubles, including those of eight people in the infamous Greysteel massacre.

He was a member of the Ulster Freedom Fighters gang that burst into the Rising Sun bar in the Co Londonderry village on Halloween in 1993 and opened fire.

The killings are always associated with the chilling "trick or treat" phrase shouted by one of the gunmen before they started shooting.

Knight was also convicted of the murders of four Catholic builders in the nearby town of Castlerock earlier that year.

Knight was released early on licence in 2000 under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement but was returned to prison after being found guilty of attacking sisters Rosemary Sutherland and Caroline McNicholl in May 2008.

However, he was recently released again following a decision by the Sentence Review Commission.

SDLP East Londonderry MLA John Dallat claims the victims were not informed of his release and said Knight has been treated with "kid gloves".

"The damage done to democracy by this decision is horrendous and it will take a great deal of convincing that Torrens Knight should be back in the community," Mr Dallat said.

"When the wider community gave their consent to the early release scheme they did it on the understanding that anyone who broke the terms would be back in jail to serve the remainder of their life sentences.

"Most have stuck to those terms but Knight hasn't and people wonder why he has got away with it."

A spokesman for the Commission said "it doesn't comment on individual cases."

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maggie in north west wrote (1,513 days ago):
Peter you are choosing to agnore my point ! where in my comment do you see support for Knight ? There is none ! just what is justified and the fact that not all murderers were convicted . Many in Government ! Knight was as sad sick individual led by anger. Used by the IRA to afflict pain on Catholics so they can claim to be the defenders and get more support for their United Ireland. Feeble minded people are easy led.
Peter in Belfast wrote (1,513 days ago):
Maggie you are STILL attempting to justify a murdering freak. How do you think his many innocent victims families feel about that. Any decent person would be ashamed of themselves.. what about yourself?
BIG ERNEST in east antrim wrote (1,513 days ago):
republican ( how that name is easily used ha !! ) . have you condemned those out trying to murder in the past week under the flag of republicanism ? yeah the quiteness of your condemnation says it all about you and your morals .
maggie in north west wrote (1,513 days ago):
Peter If there had been no killing done by the IRA there would be no Knight. You know that ! I can assure you I do not support any murderers. They are all home made ! Dallet wants to see murderers back in jail but it is hypocrisy to target one side when many were not even convicted ! The fact that he was. does that not tell you something about who the police could convict ?
republican in belfast wrote (1,514 days ago):
sorry wrong topic, this seems to be the torrens knight fan club.
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