01 July 2005

Man shot dead at east Belfast building site


01/07/2005 - 11:50:05

A man has been killed in a shooting at the site of a former pub once owned by a loyalist paramilitary leader in east Belfast.

The victim was working in a lorry on the site of the old Avenue One bar on the Newtownards Road when he was sprayed with gunfire at around 10am.

He has been named locally as James Lockhart, from Woodburn in north Belfast.

Avenue One, which is being demolished, was once owned by Jim Gray, an ousted "brigadier" in the Ulster Defence Association who is currently in prison awaiting trial on money-laundering charges.

The motive for the attack is unclear, but one theory is that it may be part of a feud among loyalist drug dealers.

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