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Nephew of alleged UVF commander to receive £20,000 libel damages from newspaper

The nephew of an alleged UVF commander is to receive £20,000 libel damages for being wrongly named as standing beside him in a newspaper photograph.

Glenn Irvine reached the settlement with the Sunday World after winning his High Court action over the picture of a group of men monitoring a republican parade.

Although the 27-year-old was not in the photo, a judge ruled that a caption identified him and amounted to defamation.

Following a two-day trial Mr Justice Gillen held its meaning was that Mr Irvine took part in an activity conducted by UVF members on the occasion depicted.

A jury was then set to be called in to decide on the level of damages.

But instead the parties reached agreement for the newspaper's publishers to pay out £20,000 plus legal costs.

Mr Irvine, an insurance salesman from Belfast's Woodvale area, is the nephew of leading loyalist Winston 'Winkie' Irvine.

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