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Family dismisses loyalist claims
The victim was found lying by roadside
The victim was found lying by roadside
The family of a man killed in north Belfast earlier this month has dismissed a loyalist paramilitary group's claim that it murdered him.

Stephen Montgomery, from Mountainview Drive, was found unconscious with head injuries on Jamaica Road, Ardoyne, in the early hours of 13 February.

He died in hospital. The Red Hand Defenders now claims it killed him.

Police say they are continuing to treat the death as a hit-and-run incident while they investigate the RHD claim.

They say they are trying to establish the veracity of it.

The Red Hand Defenders, a cover name previously used by the Ulster Defence Association, said it was responsible in a phone call to a Belfast newsroom on Thursday.

A number of people were questioned about the killing of the 34-year-old and released pending reports to the DPP.




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