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Complainant Name:
Mr Billy Shaw

Clauses Noted: 1, 5

Publication: Sunday World


Mr Billy Shaw complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice by incorrectly claiming that his brother had murdered a man. The complainant was further concerned that it had published a photograph of his brother's body in breach of Clause 5 (Intrusion into grief or shock) of the Code.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper undertook not to republish the photograph, and published the following article:

New light has been shed on the murder of one of the notorious Shankill Butchers gang led by UVF psychopath Lenny Murphy.

The murder victim was gang member Archie Waller.

He was assassinated in Downing Street, off the Shankill Road in Belfast, in November 1975.

It was a Butcher's gang ‘inside job'.

It the past, it was reported that the Waller killing was carried out by Lenny Murphy's associate, Noel ‘Nogi' Shaw.

Shortly after the Waller murder, Murphy beat Shaw unconscious in the Lawnbrook Social Club before Murphy shot him dead.

Since, the Shaw family have consistently denied it was Noel ‘Nogi' Shaw who killed Archie Waller.

Now, the Sunday World has seen extracts from a transcript of a meeting between two members of the Shaw family and investigating officers from the PSNI's Historical Enquiries Team (HET).

It records that the HET conducted a review of the Noel Shaw case, and states: --

"It is hoped that the information provided is sufficient to give you a clear picture of the events leading up to, and surrounding, Noel's murder."

From the Shaw family perspective, two paragraphs are crucial.

They read: --

(Family) Question: ‘Was Noel involved in the murder of Archie Waller?'

(HET) Answer: ‘The HET has found no evidence that Noel was involved in the murder.

‘According to William Moore, Noel denied being involved but admitted under questioning that he was present when Waller was murdered.

‘However, Noel was abducted and beaten, therefore, if it is true that he made admissions, they were clearly made under extreme duress.'

The ‘no evidence' finding from the HET, published here for the first time, comes on the back of the Shaw family's stance that ‘it has never been established in a court of law that Noel Shaw murdered Archie Waller'. It was the family's belief that Noel was planning to leave Northern Ireland at the time in order to escape being drawn further into paramilitarism after his brief association with the UVF.

*Footnote: William Moore was a butcher by trade who supplied the Murphy mob with their knives and meat cleavers.

The serial killer was handed down 14 life sentences in 1979 for his involvement in 19 murders, 11 of which he admitted.

He was released from prison in 1998 under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

He was found dead in his flat in Belfast's loyalist Mount Vernon estate at dawn on Sunday May 17, 2005.

Date Published: 17/01/2013

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