Irish Republican News · January 27, 2007
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IRISH REPUBLICAN NEWS: PSNI agent’s catalog of murder
PSNI agent’s catalog of murder
Ten murders which, according to the Police Ombudsman’s report, are so far confirmed to have involved PSNI/UVF agent Mark Haddock. A further eight suspected victims are not included here.

RAYMOND McCORD JNR:

The 22-year-old Protestant former Royal Air Force member was found beaten to death at Ballyduff quarry on the outskirts of north Belfast on November 9th 1997. Mrs O’Loan’s report states that Haddock ordered Mr McCord jnr to be killed following a dispute over drugs.

One suspect in the killing is referred to in the report as “Man D”, a prisoner on leave from Long Kesh prison. However, there was a failure to examine the suspect’s clothing at the prison and a vital forensic opportunity was lost.

Haddock and others were arrested and questioned about the killing but were released without charge.

The report also points to the destruction of exhibits, including a car thought to have been used in the McCord killing.

PETER McTASNEY:

The 26-year-old Catholic voluntary worker was shot dead at his home in the Bawnmore area of north Belfast on February 24th 1991.

Haddock was arrested and questioned 19 times by his RUC “handlers”. Mrs O’Loan reports that they “babysat” him through interviews to ensure he did not incriminate himself. She further reports that the interview notes did not reflect the interview and that he was released without charge.

Although two men were subsequently convicted, Special Branch did not reveal the involvement of a police informant.

SHARON McKENNA:

Ms McKenna was a 27-year-old Catholic taxi driver who was shot dead on January 17th, 1993 while visiting a Protestant pensioner at his north Belfast home.

Two men called to the door and forced their way in when the pensioner opened it. They demanded the keys to Ms McKenna’s car and, as she turned to lift them from the fireplace, they shot her in the back.

In interviews with Mrs O’Loan’s investigators, senior RUC officers said Haddock had told them he was one of the gunmen. This is supported by “high grade” information.

It said authorisation was given by special branch to arrest Haddock on January 19th 1993. However, despite this, he was still met by his handlers the following day, raising serious concerns about the integrity of this meeting.

Haddock was arrested and interviewed 37 times over the course of six days, on some occasions by his “handler”.

The report states that another officer present claimed he felt like “a gooseberry” in that he knew his RUC colleague was interviewing his own “source” and that nothing of any value would emerge from the questioning.

No one has been charged with the murder and Haddock’s monthly informant’s pay was increased from #100 to #160, despite the fact that he remained the main suspect.

SEAN MCPARLAND:

The 55-year-old Catholic father of four was shot dead in north Belfast on February 25th, 1994 as he babysat his grandchildren in his daughter’s house. He died the following week from his wounds.

Mrs O’Loan’s investigators uncovered information pointing to a planned shooting in north Belfast and to intervention by the RUC to stop it.

Police also received information regarding Haddock’s involvement in the planned attack which was called off when the police presence was spotted.

Mrs O’Loan reports that other evidence, seen by her investigators, shows another informant carried out the killing and that Haddock was also involved.

GARY CONVIE AND EAMON FOX:

Mr Convie, a 24-yerar-old Catholic father of one, and Mr Fox, a 44-year-old married Catholic father of six, were shot dead while eating lunch at a building site in the Tiger Bay area of north Belfast. Both were well-known Gaelic sports figures from County Armagh.

Haddock was suspected of the murders and arrested. Mrs O’Loan reports that the gunman was said to have had a “goatee” beard at the time of the attack. Haddock too had a “goatee” beard, but was given time to shave it off while in custody.

She found that no identity parade was organised and that Haddock was released without charge. A former British soldier was later convicted of the killings. He had been dismissed from the Royal Corps of Signals.

GERARD BRADY:

Mr Brady was a 27-year-old Catholic father of two and worked as a taxi driver and plumber. He was shot dead by two men who were passengers in his car on June 17th 1994.

Mrs O’Loan’s investigators found that the RUC had intelligence linking Haddock and another RUC agent to the killing. They state also that ballistic tests on the gun used had established a link to Haddock and to other informants.

JOHN HARBINSON:

Mr Harbinson, a Protestant died after he was handcuffed and beaten to death by a UVF gang based in the Mount Vernon estate in north Belfast on May 18th 1997.

Mrs O’Loan reports that RUC special branch had a “significant amount of high grade intelligence” about the four main suspects for the murder, including Haddock, but did not pass on this information to the police officers investigating the murder.

It also said special branch had information that those who had carried out the murder had fled to a location in Co Down where they were “safely ensconced”.

But again, they did not pass this information on and forensic opportunities were lost.

THOMAS SHEPPARD AND THOMAS ENGLISH:

Mr Sheppard was a 41-year-old UVF member who was shot dead in a pub in the Balee area of Ballymena, County Antrim on March 21st, 1996. Mr English, killed on October 31st, 2000, was a prominent loyalist in north Belfast who was shot dead as part of a loyalist feud.

Mrs O’Loan’s report states that investigators have seen information which links Haddock to the murders of both men.

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