Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

UVF loyalist terrorist Mark Haddock jailed for 12 years for knife attack on friend

Loyalist Mark Haddock
Loyalist Mark Haddock

A notorious former loyalist terrorist and police informer has been jailed for 12 years for a knife attack on a friend.

Former Mount Vernon UVF leader Mark Haddock was found guilty of wounding with intent at Woolwich Crown Court for the attack on fellow informer Terry Fairfield in January.

Haddock will have to serve at least eight years in jail, and another four on licence. Both men were living in England under new identities, but fell out.

Haddock stabbed Fairfield outside a pub in Newport Pagnell. He needed 27 external stitches and three internal ones afterwards.

Haddock has been linked to 21 murders, but never convicted of any.

Fairfield, who was a Catholic member of the UVF, now runs a pub in England. A car sold by his garage in Belfast was used in the infamous UVF Loughinisland pub massacre in 1994.

Haddock has been 'reported for prosecution' over three sectarian murders. He was questioned in Berkshire in April about the 1994 murders of Gary Convie and Eamon Fox in Belfast, as well as the shooting dead of Sean McParland (55) in the city that year.

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