McCartney sister to leave home of 40 years

A sister of murder victim Robert McCartney is to leave her home of 40 years so she no longer comes into contact with people she believes were involved in her brother’s killing.

A sister of murder victim Robert McCartney is to leave her home of 40 years so she no longer comes into contact with people she believes were involved in her brother’s killing.

Paula McCartney said the strain of living in the Short Strand area of Belfast had become too much.

Robert’s fiancee Bridgeen Hagans is also moving out of the area after a missile attack on her home.

Ms McCartney, 40, told the Press Association: “The fact that a significant amount of people who were allegedly involved in Robert’s murder continue to walk around the area quite freely is too much to take. It really is.

“Both myself and Bridgeen would be better off not here.”

Mr McCartney, a father-of-two, was battered and stabbed in an alley outside Magennis’s Bar near the Markets area of south Belfast on January 30.

Ms McCartney said Bridgeen’s house was attacked in the early hours of Saturday.

A window was shattered by a stone and a beer bottle was hurled at the door.

Ms McCartney, who has lived in the Short Strand area all her life, expressed dismay at Sinn Fein claims that a number of homes were targeted in the area.

She said: “PSNI CCTV footage shows that at the time of the house being attacked there were no strangers on the road.

“A group of locals were gathered directly facing the house and it does not take Einstein to work out who was responsible.

“If a group of loyalists were going to do that they would have come armed with a lot more than a stone and a bottle of beer.”

Ms McCartney said she does not know where she will move but confirmed she plans to stay in the province for now.

Last month a 49-year-old man appeared in court charged with the murder of Mr McCartney.

A second man was charged with the attempted murder of Mr McCartney’s friend, Brendan Devine, on the same night.

Both men have been remanded in custody and will reappear on separate dates later this month.

The five McCartney sisters and Ms Hagans launched a sustained campaign in Europe and on both sides of the Atlantic in an attempt to bring Mr McCartney’s murderers to justice.

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