Yesterday, Monday, 24 August, 62 year old Brian Gillan pleaded guilty to blackmail (extortion) at Belfast Crown Court.
Detective Chief Inspector Cummings of the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) said: “This has been a complex case involving officers from across the Police Service of Northern Ireland, all working hard to gather evidence in order to place Brian Gillan before the Court.
“Yesterday Brian Gillan admitted to extorting money from a local building contract.”
“Yesterday's conviction is not only a result of excellent work by PCTF officers, but it also reflects the clear commitment of the victims to stand-up against this form of paramilitary criminality.”
“We will now await the sentencing.”
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that will assist the investigation to contact us on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.