20 February 2004. Thanks to A.
G. I. Sterret, Royal Ulster Constabulary, Special Branch, now working with M.I.5.
Sterret was the police handler of Brendan Ruby Davison, murdered by U.V.F. In the book Stakeknife, intelligence officer Martin Ingram confirms police knew Davison was to be murdered. After the murder Sterret and another handler, Gilly Brown, were split up and sent to another area.
Sterret was also Kevin Fulton's handler. Fulton has clamed his handlers set him up to be murdered.
Sterret was part of R.U.C surveillance unit E4A, watching the murder of U.D.A. members Joe Bratty and Ray Elder, and was unable to stop it.
And there is MORE.
DAVISON, Brendan (9th Ann). In proud and loving memory of our friend and comrade, Volunteer Brendan Davison, murdered by loyalists in RUC uniforms on 25 July 1988 for resisting British rule in Ireland. Always remembered by Séamus, Josie and family.
Irish Emigrant, August 8, 1994:
ORMEAU ROAD SHOOTING
The two men who were shot dead in last Sunday evening's IRA attack on the Ormeau Road were named as Joe Bratty (33) and Raymond Elder (32), both from the area. On at least eight previous occasions attempts were made to kill Mr Bratty. Six months ago he received gunshot wounds to the groin and hand. He was reported to be the commander of the UFF in the Ormeau area. There was some disagreement over Mr Elder's alleged paramilitary involvement. At one point he was charged in connection with the killing of five Catholics at Sean Graham's bookies office but the charges were dropped for lack of evidence. His family issued a statement, through Ian Paisley Jnr, claiming that he was not associated with paramilitaries in any way, but the media was not convinced. Whatever associations the two men had, their killers came in for severe criticism from all sides, with the exception of Sinn Fein.
In the immediate aftermath of the killings an unmarked police car arrived on the scene and gave chase as the IRA attackers made their getaway. Shots were fired by the RUC but no one was hit. The gunmen abandoned their car in the nationalist Lower Ormeau area. When the police arrived seconds later they were surrounded by an angry crowd. This later prompted the UFF to issue a threat against the nationalists of the area. A community leader later explained that the people were not aware that a shooting had taken place, nor that the RUC were in pursuit of the killers. He claimed that it was thought the police had "gone on the rampage".
Both funerals passed off peacefully although the media was warned by locals not to come too close and not to use cameras. There were also complaints that shopowners along the routes of the funeral processions were intimidated into closing their premises.