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Hint parade may be postponed as kill outrage grows.

Byline: JILLY BEATTIE

PSNI chief Hugh Orde hinted yesterday a controversial Orange parade could be postponed.

Mr Orde was joined by the North's First and Deputy First Ministers Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness at Stormont to discuss Kevin McDaid's murder and the violence shadowing Coleraine.

He said talks about tonight's parade by the Pride of the Bann Flute Band would continue.

He added: "It remains to be seen whether it would be better to postpone the parade until another time."

His words echoed those of Ryan McDaid, 22, whose father was murdered on Sunday night.

Mr McDaid said: "I'd like the band to stop their march until after we bury my dad so we can have a bit of respect."

In the response to fears of further violence, band members agreed to shorten the parade and steer clear of the Bann Bridge near the Heights area where Mr McDaid was killed.

Mr McGuinness said: "I stood in this very spot two months ago to express my condemnation of so-called republican dissidents.

"And I believe it was the right thing to do. So I am here today to express my similar outrage at Kevin's murder."

Meanwhile, mob victim Damien Fleming was still fighting for his life last night, after loyalists broke every bone in his face as they battered him with fists, feet and a baseball bat.

Mr Fleming is being treated in the intensive care unit of Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital where he has been kept sedated since the assault on Sunday.

Mr Fleming's brother Paul told the Irish Daily Mirror: "I don't care what state he comes out of this in, as long as he comes out. We just don't know if he'll make it."

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Date:May 29, 2009
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