UDA killer Mo Courtney’s drug dealing gang are blamed for setting fire to the home of the Tracey Coulter on Sunday evening.
The fire broke out just after 7.30 pm at her home in Shankill Terrace in the Shankill estate west Belfast.
Fire crews spent several hours at the property trying to keep the blaze under control and to stop it spreading to other homes.
The attack came just days after Courtney was found guilty of headbutting Ms Coulter at a loyalist office on the Shankill Road earlier this year.
A friend of Ms Coulter’s said: “This is the latest in a long line of attacks by both the UDA and UVF on Tracey.
“She is a strong person. She won’t be bullied by Mo Courtney or his drug dealers.”
Detectives at Tennent CID have launched an arson probe and have appealed for information about the attack.
Belfast Daily exclusively revealed that Tracey Coulter claimed at Belfast Magistrates Court last week that housebreaker-turned UDA hitman Courtney punched and throttled her earlier this year.
Courtney, 53, was found guilty today of the savage attack on Lower Shankill mum-of-four Tracey Coulter, leaving her with a badly bruised eye and suspected broken nose.
Ms Coulter’s dad, Jackie Coulter, was murdered by the UVF in August 2002 during a feud with the UDA.
The intended target that day was Mo Courtney but the UVF hitman couldn’t find him and turned his sights on Coulter who was sitting in a car with Bobby Mahood who was also murdered.
Grandad Courtney – jailed for eight years for the murder of UDA member Alan ‘Bucky’ McCullough – headbutted his victim, and punched her twice in the face before grabbing her by the throat and threatening to kill her during an altercation at the offices of the publicly funded Lower Shankill Community Association (LSCA).
Ms Coulter made a complaint to police who forwarded a file on the incident to the Public Prosecution Service.
In a reserved judgement, a district judge found Courtney guilty of the assault.
He will be sentenced in January.
Courtney, from the Glencairn area, has a criminal record which runs to six pages.
These include convictions for manslaughter, robbery, hijacking and disorderly behaviour.