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Boat blast kills UDA assassin.

A Loyalist terror boss was killed when a pounds 30,000 cruiser was engulfed in a fireball.

The charred body of Robert Kerr, 54, was hurled 20 yards and he had to be identified by documents in his wallet.

The UDA killer was towing the boat on a trailer and had climbed on deck when it blew up.

Police believe the explosion near Warrenpoint, Co Down, was caused by a cigarette igniting gas.

One detective said: "He was one step ahead of a lot of dangerous enemies but accidents can happen to anybody."

Kerr was on the death-list of Loyalist squads out for revenge in a gangland feud. His home was firebombed last July after he fell out with the Loyalist Volunteer Force by accusing them of extortion and intimidation.

He was one of a Loyalist murder gang behind a wave of sectarian killings around his home in Co Armagh in the 1970s.

Detectives suspected him of assassinating at least five Catholics but were never able to prove it. Kerr was one of the few Loyalists to be interned and did time for firearms offences.

He was also a friend of drugs baron Paddy Farrell, who controlled a pounds 100 million empire until he was killed by his lover.
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Author:Gorrod, Joe
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 10, 1997
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