NORTH Down UDA commander Dee Stitt has finally fallen on his sword and stood down as CEO of charity Charter NI.
Writing on his Twitter account, the UDA leader wrote: “Life goes on….. Sad but necessary.”
While Mr Stitt is standing down from his role at the head of the organisation, he will take up a role as a project manager with the charity, working with the Open Doors Ex-Prisoner Project.
A statement issued by Charter NI reads: “David has asked that we accept his resignation of CEO duties within Charter NI (tendered on August 28). This has been accepted by the board at a meeting held on Friday August 31.
“The board would like to thank David for his commitment and dedication to Charter NI especially through difficult times.
“Negative media attention has been a great strain on David and his family and we offer them our continued support.”
In a statement Mr Stitt said: “The reality is that I’m putting my family first from now on, as all the negative media attention that the CEO role brought me has affected my wife and our young daughter. It’s as simple as my past is constantly affecting my future and I have no control over that and I never will.”
In the wake of Mr Stitt’s departure, Charter NI has said it will undergo a restructuring of its current staff and management.
Last week the Charity Commission ruled Mr Stitt was unfit to serve as the trustee of Kilcooley Community Forum, a group he has been a leading member of which was recently granted charitable status.
His application to join its Trustee Board was rejected over concerns around his criminality and how his home was targeted in a recent police drugs raid.
Stitt has been charged with possession of stun gun device after a raid on his Bangor home by officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force.