September 25, 2002
Former Force Research Unit agent Willie Carlin claims he has proof that Greysteel murderer Torrens Knight was an active FRU agent at the time of the UFF killings.
Knight was convicted of murdering eight people in the 'Trick or Treat' attack on the Rising Sun pub Greysteel, as well as the slaying of four workmen in Castlerock in 1993. In an interview with Derry reporter Paddy McGuffin, Carlin claims to have seen Torrens Knight visiting Ebrington Army base on a regular basis.
“Knight was in and out of Ebrington Barracks in a blue Toyota van. I have a tape of an ex-FRU man talking about this,” said Carlin.
“I believe that FRU were using him as someone they believed was crazy – game for anything.”
At the time of the Castlerock attack the UFF tried to justify the murders by saying that one of the victims, James Kelly, was a member of the Provisional IRA.
A classified security document featuring James Kelly's details, including a photograph, had been handed over, allegedly by members of British intelligence, to the killers and was subsequently published in a local paper.
James Kelly's family said later he had been threatened by security forces and told that if he didn't become an informer they would have him set up and killed by loyalists.
After Knight was arraigned in Limavady Court for the Greysteel murders, he taunted the crowd by yelling, “What about Kelly!”
In another twist in the infamous case it emerged that one of the guns used in the Castlerock attack had been previously used in the murder of Sinn Féin councillor Eddie Fullerton in Buncrana, Co Donegal, a killing which was referred to as a 'classic case of collusion with loyalists'.
This article appeared first on the Irelandclick.com web site on September 23, 2002.