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Loyalist was involved in murder
Elizabeth O'Neill
Elizabeth O'Neill died in an explosion at her home
A leading member of the Loyalist Volunteer Force has been convicted of involvement in the murder of Portadown grandmother Elizabeth O'Neill.

William James Fulton, 38, from Queen's Walk in Portadown faced a total of 62 terrorist-related offences.

Elizabeth O'Neill died in an explosion at her home in the mainly loyalist Corcrain estate in Portadown.

She picked up a bomb which had been thrown at her house while she had been watching television in 1999.

It is just one of a catalogue of 48 offences Fulton was convicted of at Belfast Crown Court - including seven attempted murders, directing terrorism and membership of the LVF.

He was also found guilty of possession of the gun which killed Catholic taxi driver Michael McGoldrick at the height of the Drumcree dispute in 1996.

Long-running

The trial of Jim Fulton, and his co-accused 56-year-old Muriel Gibson with an address at Clos Trevithick in Cornwall, is the longest-running trial in Northern Ireland's legal history.

William James Fulton
Fulton has been sentenced to life imprisonment
It took six months for the judge to consider nine months of evidence.

Gibson was found not guilty of the murder of Catholic council worker Adrian Lamph in 1998, but guilty of impeding the apprehension of those who did kill him.

Fulton has been sentenced to life imprisonment. A judge is now deciding how long he will have to serve.

Gibson was remanded in custody pending sentence.

Mrs O'Neill's son Martin said the family was happy with the judgement and the police had done a good job.

He said they hoped detectives could eventually apprehend those who "put the brick through the window and threw the pipe bomb which killed our mother".

"The dogs in the street have their names but the police need evidence - we would appeal for people to come forward with that information so they can be convicted."


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Helen Jones reports from Belfast Crown Court





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