Northern Ireland

Loyalist supergrass Neil Hyde facing extended jail time

Martin O'Hagan
Image caption Martin O'Hagan was the only journalist to be murdered in Northern Ireland

A loyalist supergrass could face an extended time in jail after an unprecedented ruling by the Public Prosecution Service.

Neil Hyde received a reduced sentence for his part in the killing of journalist Martin O'Hagan in 2001.

He had agreed to enter an 'assisting offender' agreement.

However, the PPS has referred his case back to court amid allegations that he did not tell the "full truth" in his dealings with the authorities.

It is believed to be the first time in the UK that a case of this type has been referred back to court.

The case is expected to be back in court later this year.

Last year, Hyde's 18-year sentence for conspiring to carry a firearm with intent to wound was reduced to three years.