Three of the men involved in that disgusting video making light of the murder of Michaela McAreavey will be sending McAreavey’s family and friends an apology letter this week. Andrew McDade, John Bell and Richard Beattie have also left the orange order.
In a statement to the Irish Sun he said: “All individuals have been subjected to threats that they would be shot, that they would be attacked and their families also subjected to threats.
“There has been an extensive online campaign, akin to a witch hunt, which has been whipped up primarily by people who have no care or concern for the Harte or McAreavey families, but rather who wish to simply join in a sectarian online mob whipping up incredible hate and the prospect of vigilante violence, not only against the individuals involved but also against the entire unionist community who it seems are to be held to account for the actions of a tiny minority.”
Mr Bryson also said that the three men would be issuing a formal apology to the Harte and McAreavey families this week.
He said: “The three men will be writing a joint letter to the Harte and McAreavey families expressing their complete remorse and sincerest apologies.
“This will happen this week, but will remain confidential unless the family wish to publish it.”