Man charged over loyalist murder

Wednesday 14 January 2009 20.45
Tommy English - Killed in 2000
Tommy English - Killed in 2000

A 39-year-old man has been charged in connection with the murder of a leading loyalist paramilitary nearly a decade ago.

He was arrested by the Historical Enquiries Team earlier today to face questions about the killing of Ulster Defence Association member Tommy English in 2000.

The PSNI did not disclose details of the specific charge or charges facing the suspect, who is expected to appear in court in Belfast tomorrow.

Last week former leading loyalist Mark Haddock was charged with the murder of Mr English by the HET after being arrested in Northern Ireland's top security Maghaberry Prison in Co Antrim where he is nearing the end of a 10-year sentence for an attack on a nightclub doorman.

Belfast Magistrates Court was told that the case against Haddock was based on the evidence of two brothers who have already admitted involvement in the killing of Mr English.

Mr English, 40, was gunned down in front of his wife and children in north Belfast.

He was one of a number of people to die during a bitter feud between the UDA and rival Ulster Volunteer Force.

On Monday, Haddock, previously named in court as a leading member of the UVF, dropped a long-running legal action seeking to stop the media from publishing his new name and address after he leaves prison.

He had claimed his life would be at risk after his release if his new identity was known.