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Supergrass denies he wanted a 'better deal'

A UVF supergrass has denied that he and his brother wanted immunity from prosecution and a “better deal” than a previous witness who turned Queen’s evidence.

At the Belfast Crown Court trial of 14 alleged UVF defendants, Robert Stewart claimed he “did not even know” about the reduced sentence handed down to Mark Burcombe in exchange for his testimony against double killer Steven Brown, also known as Revels.

Burcombe was jailed for two-and-a-half years for conspiring to cause grievous bodily harm to one of two teenagers stabbed to death outside Tandragee by Revels.

Defence QC Brendan Kelly, appearing for Jason Loughlin, suggested to Stewart that before he and his brother Ian handed themselves in, they knew about Burcombe's massively reduced jail sentence.

But Stewart claimed he knew nothing about the case.

Stewart agreed with Mr Kelly's suggestion he believed Loughlin was “a pansy, big sissy, a jenny-anne who was all mouth and no trousers”.

The trial continues.

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