19th February 2000 – Murder most foul in Tandragee

In the early hours of the morning of 19th February, 2000, two teenagers were brutally murdered in Tandragee, County Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Andrew Robb (19) and David McIlwaine (18) were mercilessly and savagely murdered. The gruesome details of their deaths is reminiscent of the torture-murders of the Shankill Butcher gang during their reign of terror, during which they drove around the West Belfast area seeking their (mainly Roman Catholic) victims who were subjected to unspeakable torture before being brutally murdered, (if the torture didn’t result in the death of the victim, that is.)

The Shankill Butchers were members of the UVF (Ulster Volunteer Force) a Loyalist terror group, as were the killers of the two teenagers in Tandragee.

The UVF group under discussion is not to be confused with the UVF who served with distinction in the Battle of the Somme during World War One.

Three men were accused of the murders of Andrew Robb and David McIlwaine. Their names are Steven Brown/Revels, Noel Dillon and Mark Burcombe.

Brown/Revels (he is known by both surnames) is presently in prison. He was convicted of the double murders and sentenced to at least 30 years.
Noel Dillon committed suicide (allegedly) but left no suicide note and there was no inquest after his “suicide.”
Mark Burcombe testified against Brown and received a lesser sentence despite being originally charged with the killings, and “lesser” really means lesser, because Burcombe received a sentence of two and a half years in prison and was released in 2009 after serving his time on remand.

He was accused of butchering two young men and he is free?!

Truly justice has fallen in the streets, as saith the Scriptures.

The Tandragee murders were appalling, and desperately wicked.

We hope that eventually, every individual who played any part in the killings or in covering up for the killers, will give themselves up to the Police because it is possible that more than three murderous men were involved in the horror that unfolded for two defenceless young men in the early hours of 19th February,2000 in Tandragee.

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