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Killing accused ‘was promoted by loyalists’

One of the men charged with the murder of loyalist chief Tommy English was allegedly promoted to second-in-command of a rival paramilitary unit after the killing, the High Court heard yesterday.

According to so-called supergrass evidence, Jason Loughlin (34) was among the main organisers within an elite group of UVF members who planned the assassination, a judge was told.

Loughlin, of Ballyvessey Park, New Mossley, Co Antrim, was refused bail after a judge pointed to claims of witness intimidation and his alleged higher-ranked role.

The accused is among 11 suspects charged in connection with the shooting.

English (40), a senior UDA member, was gunned down at his home outside north Belfast in October 2000 in a loyalist feud which claimed four lives in five days.

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