Ex-UVF chief Gusty Spence dies
Former Ulster Volunteer Force leader Gusty Spence has died in hospital. He was 78.
Spence was convicted of murder in the 1960s but later renounced violence and announced the 1994 Combined Loyalist Military Command ceasefire.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment after his gang shot dead a Catholic barman and wounded two others as they left a pub in Belfast in 1966 as the Troubles were about to ignite. He served 18 years.
He became heavily involved in politics and was a key figure in the Progressive Unionist Party.
On May 3 2007, he read out the statement by the UVF announcing that it would keep its weapons but put them beyond the reach of ordinary members.
Spence died in a hospital in Belfast after being admitted 12 days ago.
In May 1966, the UVF issued a statement, announcing that it was declaring war on the IRA. While republicans were the expressed target, the attacks were sectarian.
Spence was initially held over the murder of the first victim of the Troubles, 28-year-old John Scullion, who was shot by the UVF in the Falls Road area of Belfast.
The charges were dropped but later in 1966 he was given life for the murder of Peter Ward, 18, who had called in to a Shankill Road bar with Catholic workmates and was shot dead as he left.
Spence's conviction for murder, which he always denied, has been referred to the Criminal Cases Review Commission by his family in light of new evidence being brought forward.