Murdered former UDA north Belfast brigadier John ‘Bonzer’ Boreland

THE family of murdered loyalist John ‘Bonzer’ Boreland are offering a £10,000 reward and making a renewed appeal for information on the third anniversary of his killing.

Three men were jailed last year for perverting the course of justice over the murder outside Boreland’s Sunningdale Gardens home in North Belfast.

The murder was carried out by the current leadership of North Belfast UDA with assistance from South Belfast UDA.

A court heard Boreland, a frmer North Belfast UDA brigadier, was “executed” as he arrived home on a Sunday night three years ago.

He was blasted three times at close range with a shotgun before the hitman fled in a silver Renault Megane car.

A post mortem examination stated that he was shot once to the left arm, one round hit him in the chest and the third was to the “front and top of the head caused by a shotgun being fired at close range which caused the fatal injury”.

John’s Mother and Father, Winnie and Billy Boreland said “On 7 August 2016, our son John got out of his car at his flat when he was shot multiple times and left to die.

John ‘Bonzer’ Boreland’s last pint before he was shot dead by UDA rivals in north Belfast minutes later

“John was a loving dad to three children and he never got to live to see his grandsons.

“He was also a much loved brother and uncle.

“Three years have passed without justice for our son’s brutal murder.

“Three men were jailed for perverting the course of justice last year but no one has been held accountable for taking John’s life and destroying ours in the process.

“Our broken lives will never be healed and we can’t get peace knowing that his murderer is still out there.

“We are offering a £10,000 reward if someone can provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for our son’s murder.

The silver Renault Megane car police believe was involved in the murder of John Boreland

“Please help us catch his killer – it’s never too late to come forward. Please tell police what you know.

“The number to call is 101.”

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