Commenting on the news that police have officially launched a murder enquiry based on new evidence about the disappearance of Carrickfergus man Mark Gourley in March 2009, UUP MLA Roy Beggs has appealed for public co-operation.
“First of all for the sake of his family, I would urge anyone who has any information about what happened to Mark Gourley to tell the police immediately” said the East Antrim Assemblyman.
“‘The Disappeared’ is a term which has been most associated with the IRA over the years, but it seems that in this case so called loyalist paramilitaries have copied their republican counterparts’ old habits. We must remember that the term ‘disappeared’ is a euphemism for someone who has been kidnapped, murdered and their body disposed of to conceal the vile cause of their death. ”
Roy Beggs added:
“This horrible situation is a reminder that unfortunately, paramilitary groups have still not disappeared. The sad fate of Mark Gourley should act as a warning to young people to stay away from, and not to associate themselves with paramilitary gangs of any type or persuasion.”