2 May 2012

Neil Pollock, the only man convicted at the end of the marathon loyalist terrorist UVF supergrass trial, has been jailed for five years.

Thirteen others were acquitted of a variety of charges – including the murder of UDA rival Tommy English.

Pollock, from Fortwilliam Gardens in Belfast, was convicted of supplying the sledgehammer used in the murder and giving one of the accused a false alibi.

On Wednesday, Belfast Crown Court judge Mr Justice Gillen told the 35-year-old father of two that terrorist offences called for severe sentences.

His step-sister Doreen, the widow of the murdered UDA chief, had pleaded for “some measure of clemency.”

On completion of his jail term, Pollock will serve a further six months on supervised licenced parole.