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Greysteel killer guilty of attack

Torrens Knight
Torrens Knight was released early due to the Good Friday Agreement

One of the men convicted of the 1993 Greysteel massacre has been convicted of assault and disorderly behaviour.

Torrens Knight will be sentenced next month over the attack on two sisters at a bar in Coleraine on 30 May 2008.

Knight served seven years in prison for his part in the murders of eight people at the Rising Sun bar and four workmen in Castlerock earlier the same year.

A decision about whether to revoke his early release licence will be made by the life sentence review commissioners.

The victims of the Coleraine attack told the town's Magistrates Court that they had been attacked by Knight after he told them he had unfinished business with one of them.

The sisters said they had been punched in the face. One said she had been kicked as she lay on the ground.

Knight told the court there had been a long-running family feud with one of the sisters and he had been punched first after being called a "murdering scumbag". He added that he had lashed out in self-defence.

However a district judge said that he believed Knight's actions could be seen as menacing and threatening behaviour and accepted the evidence of the two sisters.

In 2005, another of the Greysteel killers, Stephen Irwin, was told he would serve out his eight life sentences after being convicted of slashing a football supporter with a knife.

Eight people were shot dead when the Ulster Freedom Fighters opened fire inside the Rising Sun bar in the County Londonderry village of Greysteel at Halloween 1993.

One of the gunmen shouted "trick or treat" before opening fire on customers.

Knight, Irwin and two other UFF men were convicted and given eight life sentences for the murders.

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