‘UVF supergrass’ case 12,000 pages long

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The prosecution case against a so-called loyalist supergrass charged with a catalogue of murders and paramilitary crime now runs to 12,000 pages, a court has heard.

The full scale of the body of evidence gathered on Gary Haggarty was revealed as his lawyers sought time to study all the material.

Haggarty, 43, a suspected UVF commander turned informer, is facing a record 212 charges from 1991 to 2007.

He signed an agreement to become an assisting offender in 2010.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall said while there had been delays in preparing the paperwork so a trial could begin, she was “not putting blame on anybody because it’s a unique case”.

She confirmed a further review will be held in September.