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Men deny UDA member murder charge

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Two more men have been charged with the 2000 murder of senior Ulster Defence Association member Tommy English.

Alexander Wood, 32, of Milewater Way, Newtownabbey and Jason Loughlin, 33, Ballyvessey Park , New Mossley, were charged with murdering Mr English.

Mr Wood was also charged with Ulster Volunteer Force membership.

A detective told Belfast Magistrates Court he believed he could connect the accused to the charges. Both men deny the charges.

A solicitor representing the men asked the detective if there was any forensic evidence linking them to the charges. The detective replied "not yet".

The lawyer said Mr Loughlin strenuously denied the charges and that Mr Wood had been questioned about the killing eight years ago and "denied involvement then and now".

Eight people have now been charged in connection with the murder of Mr English, who was shot dead in front of his wife at their home on the Ballyduff Estate, Newtownabbey on Halloween night.

The killing took place during a feud between rival UDA and UVF factions which claimed seven lives.

Mr English, 40, was part of a loyalist delegation which took part in talks at Stormont prior to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

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