06 June 2006

Ex-associate charged with murder bid on top loyalist

Irish Independent

A FORMER associate of loyalist Mark Haddock was charged yesterday with trying to murder him.

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usMark Haddock (left) leaving court in Belfast last January with Darren Moore (right) who was charged yesterday with trying to murder him - click to view

Darren Moore (36), of Mount Vernon Park, north Belfast, was remanded in custody after appearing at Belfast Magistrate's Court.

Mr Haddock (37) was shot six times at Newtownabbey last Tuesday and is recovering in Royal Victoria Hospital, where he is under a 24-hour armed police guard.

Det Insp Gareth Nicholl said when Moore was charged he replied: "Not guilty. Could you check my alibis?" But he believed he could connect Mr Moore with the charge.

Mr Moore was remanded in custody until July 4.

Last week's shooting was blamed on the UVF after it was alleged that Mr Haddock had been a Special Branch informer for more than 16 years. The murder bid took place while Mr Haddock was on bail awaiting judgment in a Crown Court case in which he denied the attempted murder of Ballyclare pub doorman Trevor Gowdy in December, 2002.

Moore had been charged in connection with the same attack. The charge was later dropped.

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