ONCE they were the best of but the most unlikely of friends.
Mark Haddock was the Mount Vernon UVF boss and Catholic-born Terry Fairfield was his ‘quarter master.’, the man he trusted to keep safe guns and explosives.
Today, Haddock was jailed for 12 years at Woolwich Crown Court for a brutal stabbing on Terry Fairfield.
Haddock, 47, was told he will have to serve a minimum of eight years behind bars for the attack on Fairfield – codenamed ‘Mechanic’ by his police handlers – outside a pub he runs in Milton Keynes last January.
The court heard Haddock lured Fairfield outside and into the pub car park where he stabbed his one-time friend in the neck.
Haddock – codenamed ‘Agent Roxy’ by his RUC Special Branch handlers -has a lengthy criminal record and was described in a probation report to the court as someone who posed a “significant danger to the public”.
His record includes a ten-year sentence for a vicious attack on army boxing champion and pub bouncer Trevor Gowdy in 2002.
He has also convictions for arson and also for a UVF-mob attack on the Golden Hind pub in 1997.
The former terror boss is also linked to a string of murders currently being investigated by the PSNI’s Operation Ballast team probing UVF activities in north Belfast.