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Court date: Gary Haggarty

Court date: Gary Haggarty

Court date: Gary Haggarty

Loyalist killer turned supergrass Gary Haggarty has been told he will be sentenced for a litany of crimes next month.

Haggarty, whose address was given as c/o PSNI at Knocknagoney, heard he will be sentenced for over 200 offences - including five counts of murder - on Friday December 1.

Mr Justice Colton told Belfast Crown Court he had received all the relevant information and documents related to the case, and that he was ready to set a date for sentencing.

The judge also confirmed that he will be sentencing 45-year-old Haggarty "on the basis he had been an assisting offender and had done so in an agreement he entered into with the prosecution".

After the date for sentencing was agreed by both the Crown and defence, Mr Justice Colton remanded the defendant back into custody.

On December 1, Haggarty will return to court for sentencing on a wide range of offences - from murders and assaults to terrorist-related offences - linked to UVF activity in and around south-east Antrim and north Belfast in the 1990s.

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