One of Britain's most controversial informants, working inside a loyalist terror group, has appeared in court on Tuesday at the opening of a so-called "supergrass" trial.
Mark Haddock stood in the dock at Belfast's Laganside court, flanked by prison officers at the start of the trial which is expected to last 14 weeks.
The one-time police informer for RUC's Special Branch will be placed in protective custody in prison for the duration of the case. It is alleged that while working for Special Branch, Haddock was committing crimes up to and including murder.
He apeared along with 13 other men accused of murder, intimidation and membership of the illegal Ulster Volunteer Force.
Haddock spoke to confirm his name at the opening of the non-jury trial. It will focus on the activities of the Mount Vernon UVF, a loyalist gang responsible for up to 11 murders in north Belfast.