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Haddock in court over feud murder

Mark Haddock
Mark Haddock is due to be released from prison later this month

North Belfast loyalist Mark Haddock has appeared in court charged with the murder of a UDA member eight years ago.

Tommy English, 40, was shot dead during a loyalist feud in October 2000.

Haddock, 40, from Mount Vernon, was arrested in Maghaberry prison on Wednesday. He is serving a 10-year sentence for attacking a club doorman.

Belfast Magistrates Court was told the case against Haddock was based on statements of two brothers who admitted having a role in the murder.

The pair from Newtownabbey were initially charged with murder but last month admitted a lesser charge.

Amid tight security on Thursday, the court heard claims that the brothers had made "lengthy statements" implicating between eight and 10 people in the case.

The murder of Tommy English was one of 10 killings linked by a Police Ombudsman's report on alleged collusion to the accused, who was a CID and Special Branch informant.

As well as the murder, he was also charged with UVF membership. A bail application is expected to be lodged shortly.

He is due to be released from prison later this month.

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