Latest in onging loyalist fued – Doagh bar attack: Two men appear in court

Latest in ongoing loyalist fued but the same question’s still remain “How come they wer’nt charged with belong to an illegal organistion???

Two men have been in court charged with attempted murder after a man was attacked at a County Antrim bar.

McConnell's bar in Doagh on Wednesday The attack happened at McConnell’s Bar in Doagh

Darren suffered multiple fractures and cuts to his face when he was attacked by men with baseball bats and hammers in Doagh on Wednesday.

David John Gibson,44, and David Rush,34, spoke only to confirm they understood the charges against them.

Gibson, from Milewater Drive and Rush, from Ballyvesey Green, are jointly accused of trying to murder Mr Moore.

Rush is further accused of possessing a weapon, namely a wooden baton, with intent to commit an indictable offence on the same date.

The judge remanded them into custody until Thursday 23 March.

On Friday, Aaron Cahoon, 27 appeared in court charged with attempted murder

He was also charged with possessing an offensive weapon with intent to commit a crime.

Mr Cahoon, of Fairhill Gardens, Newtownabbey, denies the charges. Refusing bail, the judge remanded Mr Cahoon in custody to appear again by video link on 13 April.

Mr Moore, in his forties and formerly from the Mount Vernon area of Belfast, was drinking in McConnell’s Bar when he was attacked, Belfast Magistrates’ Court heard.

Verdicts being delivered in supergrass trial

Artist's impression of the defendants and prison officers in the dock

An artist’s impression of the defendants and prison officers in the dock

The verdicts are being delivered in the UVF supergrass trial in Belfast.

Neil Pollock, 36, of Fortwilliam Gardens in Belfast, has been convicted of possessing items intended for terrorism.

The trial, which ended last month after 71 days, was one of the longest and most expensive in Northern Ireland’s legal history.

It relied on the evidence of so-called supergrasses, Robert and Ian Stewart.

The BBC’s Ireland Correspondent, Mark Simpson, said about 200 people were in the courtroom on Wednesday, including armed police.

It is understood the judgement is about 123 pages long, but the judge is reading out an abbreviated version.

The first verdict was tweeted from court, but then the judge banned reporters from using Twitter.

Thirteen men had been charged with more than 30 offences including the murder of rival loyalist Tommy English, kidnapping, and UVF membership.

They include the alleged former UVF leader in north Belfast Mark Haddock.

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The accused

  • Mark Haddock (43), Maghaberry Prison
  • David Miller (40), Upritchard Court, Bangor
  • John Bond (45), Essex Court, Carrickfergus
  • Darren Stuart Moore (42), Mount Vernon Park, Belfast
  • Alexander Thomas Wood (35), Milewater Way, Newtownabbey
  • Jason Loughlin (36), Bryson Court, Newtownabbey
  • Ronald Trevor Bowe (35), Ross House, Belfast
  • Samuel Jason Higgins (36), The Meadow, Antrim
  • Neil Pollock (36), Fortwilliam Gardens, Belfast
  • David Samuel McCrum (32), Beechgrove Drive, Newtownabbey
  • William Hinds (47), Ballycraigy Gardens, Newtownabbey
  • Mark Thompson (37), Ballyvesey Green, Newtownabbey
  • Phillip Laffin (34), Bridge Street, Antrim

Accused of Mr English’s murder along with Mark Haddock are David Miller, 40; Alex Wood, 35; John Bond, 45; Darren Moore, 42; Ronald Bowe, 35; Samuel Higgins, 36; Jason Loughlin, 36, and Philip Laffin, 34.

They also face other charges including UVF membership, wounding, possessing guns and hijacking.

The others who deny offences such as assisting offenders and perverting justice are William Hinds, 47, David McCrum, 32, and Mark Thompson, 37.

The trial began last September.

Much of it has been taken up by the testimonies of Robert and Ian Stewart.

They have admitted UVF membership, and already served more than three years for their part in the murder of Mr English on Halloween night 2000.

The Ulster Defence Association member was shot dead in front of his wife and children at his home on the Ballyduff estate at the height of a loyalist feud between the UVF and UDA.

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