EAST Belfast UVF is behind a vile social media campaign against an innocent murder victim’s family in a desperate bid to hold power as its criminal empire crumbles.
The dad-of-two (45) was murdered by a gang of UVF thugs on January 27 moments after praying on the street close to his Cluan Place home.
The loyalist was beaten before being stabbed 11 times in a ruthless and heartless attack that rocked the community.
Despite the terror group immediately distancing itself from the senseless killing, it can be revealed that it is now stoking a cruel crusade against the Ogles.
Amongst the despicable lies being peddled on the web by UVF members is a 800 word propaganda piece calling the family’s quest for justice a “loyalist hate campaign”.
The pathetic PR attempt by the para-gangsters comes as one of Matthews’ closest associates was arrested and detained by Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) cops earlier this month.
UVF lieutenant David ‘Dee’ McConnell was later released pending a report to the PPS after detectives raided his east Belfast apartment and seized cash and scores of expensive sports memorabilia.
The convicted drug pusher (40) whinged that the items, including a signed Wayne Rooney shirt, belonged to a child and should not have been taken. He also accused police of stealing a pair of his flip-flops.
McConnell also went on to publicly threaten the task force’s chief cop, calling him a “terrorist” before adding: “Hope he gets hit by a bus the b******”
The 40 year-old was backed up by Matthews who responded to his pal’s internet rant by calling police and politicians who supported the high profile PSNI raids as “a shower of shit”.
David ‘Dee’ McConnell
“They are completely unravelling,” a senior loyalist source said. “It’s panic stations because they just don’t know what is coming next.
“Not only are they losing support in an area they were once worshipped in, their men are being lifted by left, right and centre on various and wide ranging charges that they just didn’t see coming.
“The guys at the top are really sweating because with the National Crime Agency’s involvement it’s not just about who is caught with the drugs, dishing out the violence and dealing in intimidation.
“Their whole lives, including their finances, are being put under a microscope. And police have made no secret that they believe that’s how they can take these mobsters down.
“They know it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when and they are doing all in their power to hang on.
“And part of that is taking to social media and playing the victim in both the Ogle campaign and the recent raids.”
The Sunday World was sent a copy of the anonymously written propaganda piece circulating on social media which clearly tries to discredit the Ogle family’s justice campaign.
It was first passed around by private message on Facebook before being uploaded publicly and simultaneously by various UVF gangster’s to their own accounts.
The UVF puff piece likened the scores of people supporting the family’s fight for truth to a “vigilante mob”.
Laughably, it also accuses the Ogle family’s supporters of attempting to “rip apart” the same community terrorised by Matthews and his gangsters for year
It says: “When I seen the people coming together to demand justice, I was there standing in support. , ends and to wage vendettas against people, some of whom had absolutely nothing to do with the Ian Ogle murder.
“The campaign for justice quickly turned into an anti-loyalist hate campaign with talk of ‘revolutions’ and ‘rising up’. I questioned when this kind of language started being used who the ‘revolution’ would be against and what form it would take?
“How did a campaign for justice for a man brutally murdered turn into a ‘revolution’?
“Is it a ‘revolution’ against the UVF? If so is the ‘revolution’ designed to drive out every person who was part of the UVF over the last 50 years? Or is it selectively ‘driving out’ UVF members?
The ridiculous, long-winded ‘article’ concluded: “I hope we as a community can pause, each of us can reflect on our own behaviour and whether we are really supportive of ‘justice’- and that includes a fair trial for the accused- or whether we are just angry and lashing out.”
Some of those sharing and supporting the post include a number of people arrested in the PSNI’s recent Paramilitary Crime Task Force operation targeting the criminal activities of the UVF.
Eleven people were arrested in raids in the Greater Belfast, Ards and Comber areas on Friday, March 22.
The searches resulted in the seizure of £15,000 of suspected Class A drugs, a number of high value vehicles, high-end jewellery, clothing and accessories and a significant quantity of cash.
Ten men were subsequently charged including Ian Ogle murder accused Glenn Rainey.
It can be revealed that within minutes of leaving his prison cell in Maghaberry on Wednesday after obtaining high court bail, the 33 year-old was arrested by detectives on drugs charges.
He was detained on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug before being charged. He is set to appear Belfast Magistrates Court on April 18.
Also appearing before the same court will be former Ulster Unionist Maggie Hutton.
The loyalist and 2017 independent assembly candidate (46) was charged on Friday with being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug
She was arrested earlier that day by cops from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force who made a series of arrests across north and east Belfast, Newtownabbey and Newtownards.
She has previously worked as a personal assistant to a number of politicians including Ulster Unionist’s Sir Reg Empey, Michael Copeland and Andy Allen.
In a newspaper interview yesterday she furiously denied she was a drug dealer.
Five men, aged between 24 and 40, were also charged with drug offences and are due to appear before Belfast Magistrates’ Court on the same date.
The PSNI said that drugs seized during Friday’s operation – which happened exactly a week after similar raids – was “significant”.
Loyalist criminal Dee McConnell was also scooped during the Task Force’s operations against the UVF.
The 40 year-old who in 2014 was caught red-handed strolling into a Belfast drugs factory by police, has since lashed out at the paramilitary probe.
Posting videos of damage caused to his home after police smashed their way into his apartment he also accused officers of “traumatising” children in the searches.
The former community worker also made shocking threats against the senior cop heading up the UVF police operation, calling the PSNI “worse than the Provos”.
“(Police officer’s name) I hope your proud of yourself you animal (sic),” he said in the public social post on Tuesday night.
“This could be you next (officer’s name) terrorists know no bounds, there agenda is to smash Loyailst communities that don’t stit with them and Provos dividing their money (sic).”
He added in a reply to a friend: “(Officer’s name) will face his demons m8 (Karma),”
Chillingly, one of McConnell’s female pals suggested that loyalists “need to start doing what the provos did and make (officer’s name) and his boys disappear (sic)”. The remark was ‘liked’ by McConnell and another individual.
He also attacked respected Belfast councillor John Kyle and PUP colleague and leader Billy Hutchinson, calling both a “disgrace” to loyalism.
His vile comments were backed up by his terror boss mate Matthews (56) who replied that the politicians and police were a “shower (of) shit”.
The UVF chief – who kicked out one of his commanders following the Ogle murder – made the remark using a social media profile under the pseudonym of ‘James Craig’.
The terror chief regularly uses the account, which has pictures of himself and his family, to comment on pieces written by loyalist blogger and friend Jamie Bryson, who regularly tags Matthews in his posts.
Blogger Jamie Bryson, loyalist David McConnell and east Belfast UVF boss Stephen Matthews
Cops who raided McConnell’s pad last Friday were forced to call in independent assessors to evaluate the numerous expensive sports items in his home
McConnell, who claims the items were all gifts given to his son from friends, will now have to prove the items were not purchased from the proceeds of crime.
Last weekend four men arrested in raids carried out in the same day appeared in court.
Darren Baine, 29, and Mark Rainey, 39, both from Belfast, and County Down man Andrew Crawford, 27, are accused of supplying cocaine.
They appeared before Belfast Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.
The court heard the UVF has been “flooding the streets of Belfast” with drugs.
The four men were among nine charged with four others, aged 32, 47 and two 48 year olds, set to appear at Belfast Magistrates’ Court on 18 April, charged with being concerned in the supply of a class A drug.
A 34-year-old man faces a charge of unlawfully obtaining and disclosing personal data.
Another man, aged 32, who was arrested on suspicion of possession of a class A drug with intent to supply has been released on bail pending further inquiries.
A 40-year-old man arrested on suspicion of possession of a class B drug, intimidation and improper use of electronic communications has been released to be reported to prosecutors
The charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.