Pub attack victim is a notorious UVF thug
Hammer attack victim Darren Moore - who suffered a savage beating after being ambushed at a Doagh pub - is no stranger to the law.
The former Mount Vernon-based and UVF-linked loyalist was described in court yesterday by defence solicitor Donal McConnell as a man with a "long and unenviable criminal record" whose credibility had been repeatedly called into question.
A former goalkeeper with Millwall FC and Crusaders FC, Moore (47) suffered serious but non life-threatening injuries in the attack.
In 2011 Moore was one of nine people tried for the murder of senior UDA figure Tommy English.
English (40) was gunned down at his home on the Ballyduff estate, just outside north Belfast, in a loyalist feud in October 2000.
All nine were acquitted. They had been charged on the word of New Mossley loyalist supergrass brothers Robert and Ian Stewart. Judge Justice Gillen said that the evidence of brothers was so "flawed and unreliable" that the supporting evidence was not compelling enough to satisfy him beyond all reasonable doubt.
In 2012 former UVF prisoner Moore received major trauma injuries to his arms and legs after being ambushed in New Mossley in Newtownabbey.
Six men have been arrested so far in connection with the police investigation into the Doagh attack. One man - Aaron Cahoon (27) - has been charged, while the other five have been released on police bail.