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.
Belfast Telegraph Digital