Northern Ireland

Loyalist Mark Haddock back in custody ahead of trial

Mark Haddock
Image caption Haddock is accused of murdering UDA boss Tommy English

Former leading loyalist Mark Haddock has been ordered back into custody ahead of one of the biggest trials in Northern Ireland in decades.

Haddock, 42, originally from Mount Vernon in north Belfast, is due to go on trial next week.

He had been on bail in a secret location because of fears of an attempt on his life.

He is accused of the murder of UDA leader Tommy English. He is to appear alongside 13 other defendants.

A total of nine are accused of the murder.

Tommy English was shot dead at his home on the Ballyduff Estate, Newtownabbey, in October 2000 during a loyalist feud in which seven people died.

Much of the evidence in the case has been supplied by brothers David and Robert Stewart, former UVF men now serving prison sentences for aiding and abetting in the killing of Mr English.

The Stewart brothers agreed to turn state evidence and implicate other suspects in return for reduced jail sentences.

Haddock was forced to live on bail at an address outside Northern Ireland because of concerns for his security.

In 2006 he survived an assassination attempt when he was shot six times.

Ahead of the murder trial an application was made in the High Court on Thursday, by consent, to revoke his bail.

The judge agreed to the move on the basis that Haddock could only attend if he is in protective custody.

Mr Justice McCloskey set a deadline of 17:00 BST on Friday for him to surrender to police.

He also granted a prosecution request for reporting of the development to be delayed until after that point.

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