“I didn’t give Lindsey any medicine … I’m so sorry she died”
A drug dealer whose mother was shot in the head in an attempted UDA murder intended for him has vowed to clear his name.
Ussell Cummins has been targeted by the terrorist gang after being accused of supplying drugs to young mother Lindsey Boyd, who died suddenly at her Coleraine home a year ago.
The UDA blew up the property four weeks later, seriously injuring her 62-year-old mother, Sally Cummins, who was shot in the head with shotgun pellets. The grandmother has made a miraculous recovery, but her son remains on a loyalist death list.
Speaking to Sunday Life outside his new home away from Coleraine, Russell Cummins, under pressure, who claims to have turned his back on crime, said: “I want to wash my name. I did not give Lindsey Boyd any medicine and I am so sorry that she died.
Recalling the day the 20-year-old passed away, he added, “Lindsey called home with her friend when I was out. My mother let them in. When I came back later that day I thought she was just drunk because she had been drinking Buckfast.
“I was shocked when she passed away and my heart goes out to her family, but I want to clarify that I have nothing to do with her death.
“When I told the police about it, I did so as a witness, not as a suspect. It is very important and it must be clarified. “
Cummins’ denials will not impress Coleraine loyalists who remain convinced he was responsible for Lindsey’s death.
Adding to their belief, the police later discovered 1,000 Xanax pills next to his house on Bushmills Road.
In an unrelated incident, Cummins was later jailed for possession of diazepam with the intention of providing it, but he insists it has nothing to do with Lindsey’s death. He said: “I was arrested with these drugs after Lindsey died and my mother was shot. I had gone to the doctor for pills for my nerves, but he wouldn’t give me some so I stupidly took mine. They were all mine, I wasn’t going to sell them.
Cummins was sentenced to two and a half months in prison for drug possession, the 97th conviction on his appalling criminal record.
After being released, he moved to a secret location miles from his hometown, Coleraine, after learning that the UDA was still planning to kill him.
“Oh, I know the names of the boys who shot my mother – Coleraine knows who they are – and the driver of the getaway car,” Cummins explained.
“The plan was for them to shoot a shotgun through the front window, which would scare me and I would rush out the back door, where a gunman was waiting for me with a handgun.”
Cummins was not at home the night of the attack, having decided to visit a friend in Portstewart. He believes the UDA knew about this, but fired it anyway. “They knew very well that I was not at home, but they still blew up the place,” he said.
“And they knew my mom was sleeping in the living room with the light and TV on and the blinds open. What did they think was going to happen when they shot out the window? She was doomed to be touched.
Security sources have linked the gunmen who shot Sally Cummins to a carbon copy attack three months earlier on a house in Willow Drive in the loyalist Coleraine estate in Millburn. At the time, the North Antrim and East Londonderry UDA claimed to be on a drug crusade – a boast flouted by detectives who accuse it of taking money from protecting drug dealers.
Russell Cummins has revealed that the handgun used in the attack on his old home was also used by the UDA to maim a schoolboy eight years ago.
Talented footballer Matthew Campbell, then 15, was injured in the legs by the terrorist gang after arguing with a UDA leader based in the Harpur’s Hill area of Coleraine.
“I was told it was the same weapon used in both incidents,” said Cummins, who admitted it was likely he could never return to Coleraine due to threats from the UDA.
“I would like to go back one day and that’s why I fight to clear my name. I want people to know that I had nothing to do with Lindsey Boyd’s death, ”he added.
“If you look at my Facebook, you’ll see the post I put next to my photo. He says “a man blamed for a bunch of b ****** liars”.
“This is how I was treated. I was tortured for something I didn’t do.
Calling for information on the Sally Cummins shooting, PSNI Chief Detective Inspector John Caldwell said: “Our investigation continues to identify those who carried out this vile and callous attack.
“I believe the attack was carried out by UDA members from northern Antrim and two different types of weapons were used: a handgun and a shotgun.
“I know that one of the guns has been used repeatedly to injure other members of this community over the past few months. It must be removed from the clutches of these dangerous individuals. “
The UDA of North Antrim and East Londonderry split into separate units several years ago, but it sometimes unites under the banner of the Loyalist Group.
His Coleraine unit, which shot Sally Cummins and placed her son Russell on a death list, is led by champion bodybuilder Kyle Vauls.
The gang is a key priority for the PSNI’s Paramilitary Crime Task Force, which accused it of being involved in serious violence and racketeering.