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Loyalist jailed for 'savage' act
Mark Haddock
Mark Haddock was convicted of assaulting a pub doorman
A leading north Belfast loyalist has been jailed for 10 years for an attack on a nightclub doorman.

Mark Haddock, 37, originally from Mount Vernon Park, was convicted in September of grievous bodily harm with intent against doorman Trevor Gowdy in 2002.

Sentencing him, the judge said it was an "act of conspicuous savagery".

Haddock, an alleged informer, had been named in court as a leading member of the Ulster Volunteer Force. He survived a gun attack on 30 May.

Mr Gowdy was attacked at a social club in Monkstown in December 2002.

He was hit on the head and body with an iron bar, a hatchet and a bat, and suffered an "open" fractured skull, broken leg as well as various cuts and bruises.

Police found him lying unconscious on the ground.

He is now living in England under a witness protection scheme.

'Gangland attack'

Haddock was subsequently cleared of attempting to murder Mr Gowdy. However, he was convicted of false imprisonment and setting fire to a car.

Haddock appeared before Belfast Crown Court on Monday via video link from prison.

Mr Justice Weatherup said: "This was an act of conspicuous savagery and a despicable act upon this man.

"He was put in fear of his life and but for his own resourcefulness, I do not doubt he would have been removed from the scene and further punishment inflicted upon him.

"This type of gangland attack cannot be tolerated."

Haddock was shot six times in the Doagh Road area of Newtownabbey, County Antrim, in May. At the time, he was on bail awaiting judgement in the case.

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