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Violence - Draft List of Deaths Related to the Conflict in 2005
Page Compiled: Martin Melaugh
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Draft List of Deaths Related to the Conflict in 2005
The following page has been compiled by Martin Melaugh to complement the Index of Deaths (1969-2001) by Malcolm Sutton. The information below is in draft form and should be treated with some caution. Some of the deaths listed below may be shown later to be unrelated to the conflict.
|30 January 2005
|Robert McCartney (33) Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ), Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)?
McCartney was involved in a fight at Magennis's Bar in May Street, Belfast. He was later found stabbed and unconscious in nearby Cromac Street. He died from his wounds. [His family have accused Irish Republican Army (IRA) members of having been involved in the killing. The IRA initially denied responsibility for the killing however on 25 February 2005 it announced that it had expelled three of its members.]
|18 March 2005
|Stephen Nelson (55) Protestant?
Status: Civilian (Civ), Killed by: Ulster Defence Association (UDA)
Severely beaten during an attack on 19 September 2004 while working at a disco in the Chimney Corner Hotel on the Antrim Road, Newtownabbey. Left in a coma following the attack and died from his injuries on 18 March 2005. [On 18 May 2005 the Police Service for Northern Ireland (PSNI) stated that Mr Nelson was killed by a gang of Ulster Defence Association (UDA) men. There was speculation that the motive for the killing was that Nelson attempted to stop the UDA from selling drugs at the disco. The police described the attack as "brutal and horrendous".]
|1 July 2005
|Jameson Lockhart (25) Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ)?, Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Shot dead while driving a lorry on the lower Newtownards Road in east Belfast. [The BBC reported that a "senior Loyalist" had blamed the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) for the attack. It was also reported that Lockhart was "an associate" of the Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF). The killing was part of a feud between the UVF and the LVF.]
|11 July 2005
|Craig McCausland (20) Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ), Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Shot dead at his girlfriend's home in Dhu Varren Park in north Belfast. [Media reports linked the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) to the attack. It was believed that the kiling was part of a feud between the UVF and the Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF).]
|30 July 2005
|Stephen Paul (28) Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ)?, Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Shot dead at Wheatfield Crescent, off the Crumlin Road, Belfast. [Media reports claimed that Stephen Paul was linked to the Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF). It was believed that the kiling was part of a feud between the UVF and the LVF.]
|15 August 2005
|Michael Green (42?) Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ)?, Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)?
Shot dead as he got off a motorbike outside his workplace in Sandy Row, Belfast. [The Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF) immediately blamed the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) for the killing but denied that Green was an LVF member. Media reports contained speculation that the killing was part of a feud between the UVF and the LVF.]
|4 October 2005
|Jim Gray (47) Protestant
Status: ex-Ulster Defence Association (xUDA), Killed by: Ulster Defence Association (UDA)?
Shot dead outside a relative's house in the Clarawood estate in east Belfast. [It was alleged in the media that Gray had been a former 'Brigadier' of the UDA in east Belfast but had been forced out of the organisation in April 2005. Media reports contained speculation that the killing was carried out by the UDA.]
|7 November 2005
|Martin Conlon (35) Catholic
Status: ex-real Irish Republican Army (xrIRA)?, Killed by: Dissident Republican group?
Abducted from a house outside Armagh before being shot three times and his body dumped at Farnaloy Road near Keady, South Armagh. [Police speculated that the killing had been carried out by dissident republicans with whom he was believed to be linked. On 10 November 2005 the CIRA issued a statement to deny any involvement with the killing.]
|Uncertain if conflict-related
|13 February 2005
|Stephen Montgomery (34) Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ), Killed by: Unknown
Found unconscious with head injuries on Jamaica Road, Ardoyne. He died later in hospital. The police assumed he had been the victim of a 'hit-and-run' car driver. [On 24 February 2005 the Red Hand Defenders (RHD), a cover name previously used by the Ulster Defence Association (UDA), claimed that it had killed Montgomery. However, no codename was given and his family dismissed the claim of responsibility.]
|28 February 2005
|Lisa Dorrian (25) Catholic?
Status: Civilian (Civ), Killed by: Unknown (loyalist)
Disappeared following a party at a caravan site in Ballyhalbert, County Down. The Police Service for Northern Ireland (PSNI) believe she has been killed but to date her body has not been recovered. [There was local speculation that members of the Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF) were responsible for her disappearance. There was also speculation that one motive may have been related to drugs.]
|12 April 2005
|Joseph Rafferty (29) Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ), Killed by: unknown
Shot dead outside his flat in the Ongar housing estate in west Dublin, Republic of Ireland . [It has been claimed by Rafferty’s family that he had been involved in a dispute with a family from south Dublin and was threatened on a number of occasions that he would be killed by the IRA. The person suspected of the killing is alleged to have been a former member of the IRA and is alleged to be a member of Sinn Féin.]
|10 August 2005
|Thomas Devlin (15) Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ), Killed by: Gary Taylor and Nigel Brown
Stabbed five times in the back as he walked home with two friends (one of whom was also stabbed but survived) along Somerton Road in north Belfast. [Police initially described the attack as "random" and said they had not established a motive. There was a lot of speculation, reported in the media, that the motive for the killing was sectarian. On 12 May 2010 Gary Taylor and Nigel Brown, from the Mount Vernon estate in north Belfast, were sentenced to prison for the killing. They were described in court as having: "... deeply ingrained, bitter sectarian attitudes towards Catholics".]
For deaths between 1969 and 2001 see:
Malcolm Sutton's on-line database of deaths 1969-2001
based on a revised and updated version of Malcolm Sutton's book.
Draft lists of (yearly) deaths related to the conflict (in separate Web pages):
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Draft list of deaths related to the conflict from 2002 to the present (in a single Web page).
Note on the photographs:
Most of the photographs in this section were provided by family members, relatives or friends of the person killed, to the local media at the time of death. In most cases the photographs were taken by a member of the family, a relative or a friend. At the time the photographs were provided to the local media, the name of the photographer was not recorded. No payment was made for the photograph. In some cases the original image was never returned.
Copyright of the photographs
Copyright © of the photographs remains with the (unknown) original photographer. If anyone believes they own the copyright of any of the photographs in this section, and objects to its reproduction on this Web site, they should contact the CAIN Director.
The photographs were obtained from various sources including: newspapers, magazines, books, other publications, video, memorials, Web sites, etc.
Removal of photographs:
If the nearest relative of any of those killed, objects to the use of a particular photograph then the image will be removed from this site. If the nearest relative would prefer a different photograph to be used this can be arranged.
Appeal for additional photographs:
If anyone has a photograph, or a series of photographs, of any of those killed during the conflict and would be willing to donate a (digital) copy to the Archive, please contact the CAIN Director. Please do not sent original photographs by post.