Memorial defacing “a hate crime”

February 9, 2015

Damage caused to a memorial dedicated to the victims of the Kingsmill Massacre is being treated as a hate crime, police have said.

It was reported on Saturday afternoon that paint had been daubed on the roadside monument sited on the Kingsmill Road, Bessbrook.

SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley condemned the attack, describing it as a “heinous crime”.

“What purpose can this serve other than to cause offence and heartache to the families of the victims of the Kingsmills massacre? The desecration of a memorial in such a cruel way must receive condemnation from every quarter,” he said.

UUP Assembly member Danny Kennedy said it was “a sickening act”.

“This will cause stress to relatives and it has to be condemned.  I think it is a hate crime, there is no place in a decent society for this memorial to be damaged or violated,” he said.

Sinn Fein’s Mickey Brady described the vandalism as “a criminal and disgraceful act”.

“It doesn’t serve any purpose or cause, it doesn’t do anything only hurt those whose loved ones’ this monument represents,” he said

Police have appealed for information.