Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Family of murdered UDA leader Tommy English end lawsuit

The family of murdered loyalist paramilitary chief Tommy English have ended lawsuits brought against the PSNI for the alleged failure to take action against a police agent linked to 10 killings.

A High Court judge was told that actions taken by his widow and children were being stayed on a confidential basis.

The PSNI is to pay the English family's legal costs as one of the terms of the resolution.

Mr English, a UDA leader, was assassinated by rival UVF men at his Newtownabbey home near north Belfast in October 2000.

A claim of misfeasance in |public office had been made against the Chief Constable over what police did to prevent the shooting.

Proceedings were issued on the back of a watchdog report which identified collusion between some rogue officers and terrorist killers.

In 2007 former Police Ombudsman Nuala O'Loan found that a north Belfast UVF unit responsible for up to 10 murders had been protected.

At the centre of the aborted legal action was the alleged role of a member of that gang identified only as Informant Number One.

It was claimed that the Ombudsman report links this agent to 10 murders before the English assassination.

Had proper action been taken against him sooner he would not have been free to plot the killing, according to the case previously being made out.

Civil lawsuits were filed on behalf of Doreen English and her children after nine men were acquitted of her husband's murder earlier this year.

The case had been fixed for a week-long hearing next March.

In court yesterday, counse for the English family confirmed the actions were being halted without disclosing full details.

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