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25/06/2009

Vandals Attack Holland's Widow

The widow of slain west Belfast man Harry Holland said she believes damage caused to her car was a targeted attack.

Mr Holland, a greengrocer, (pictured) was stabbed to death with a screwdriver in September 2007.

The businessman was set upon after he stepped in to prevent his work van being taken.

Pauline Holland has spoke of her anguish over the latest attack on her family.

Vandals damaged her car, leaving screwdrivers at the scene. This callous motive has prompted Mrs Holland to think the attack was targeted.
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Three people have been found guilty in relation to the murder of 65-year-old Mr Holland, a father and grandfather.

An 18-year-old man convicted of the murder will be sentenced later today.

Stephen McKee, of Ballymurphy Road, also pleaded guilty to 11 other charges.

Two other teenagers have admitted their part in the murder.

Patrick Joseph Crossan, 18, from Willowbank Gardens and a 17-year-old girl, who cannot be named due to her age, admitted a charge of affray.

Crossan also admitted having a knife and the girl admitted common assault.

They will also be sentenced today.

(PR/JM)

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