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UK News The objective of the Hyde Park bombing was the "cold-blooded killing" of British soldiers, the High Court has heard

16:15  11 december  2019
16:15  11 december  2019 Source:   newsletter.co.uk

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A former Irish republican paramilitary has admitted murdering a British army recruitment officer in Derby 18 years ago. Det Ch Supt Andrew Stokes, who co-ordinated the Derbyshire Police inquiry, said: "This was a cold - blooded killing of a man who had his life ahead of him.

Three men have been jailed for the " cold - blooded " shooting of a father-of-two. Grant Bodell, 23, died after he was found with gunshot wounds on wasteland off Queen Smith, 30, of Park Grange Road, was ordered to serve a minimum of 38 years while McFarlane, 22, of Hyde Park Terrace, must serve

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Squadron Quartermaster Corporal Roy Bright, 36, Lieutenant Dennis Daly, 23, Trooper Simon Tipper, 19, and Lance Corporal Jeffrey Young, also 19, were killed by a car bomb as they rode through the central London park to attend the changing of the guard.

Lawyers acting for Sarah-Jane Young, L/Cpl Young's daughter, in whose name the action is being brought, told a hearing in London that the families of those killed expect "justice" to be done.

At the start of a three-day hearing in London on Wednesday, Lord Brennan QC said: "Thirty-seven years after, if justice can properly be done, as it can be in this case, then let it be done.

Hyde Park bombing civil case begins at High Court

  Hyde Park bombing civil case begins at High Court Relatives of the four Royal Household Cavalrymen who died in the July 1982 blast are bringing a civil action against convicted IRA member John Downey. Squadron Quartermaster Corporal Roy Bright, 36, Lieutenant Dennis Daly, 23, Trooper Simon Tipper, 19, and Lance Corporal Jeffrey Young, also 19, were killed by a car bomb as they rode through the central London park to attend the changing of the guard.Lawyers acting for Sarah-Jane Young, L/Cpl Young’s daughter, in whose name the action is being brought, told a hearing in London that the families of those killed expect “justice” to be done.

“I’m deeply saddened by the cold - blooded killing of an American hero,” Reid said Wednesday. An Afghan soldier killed the two-star general at close range at a military training academy in Kabul, Afghanistan and 15 people were wounded in Tuesday’s shooting.

Terry McCormick and Pat Maguire are believed to have played key roles in the officer’s cold - blooded killing but fled to the US after being granted The existence of the comfort letters emerged in 2014 when the Old Bailey murder trial of John Downey, chief suspect for the 1982 Hyde Park bombing

"That will reflect the expectation of the bereaved families and the injured, it reflects the state of our law, it accords with the conviction of our community and the sentiment lying beneath it is deeply felt."

He added: "Its (the bombing's) objective was cold-blooded killing, with vicious brutality and maximum harm.

"The claimant's case is that these devastating consequences were intended, including the murder of these four soldiers."

The barrister said there was "clear" evidence of Downey's involvement in the attack, including the fact that his fingerprints were found on two parking tickets used on the bomb car shortly before the explosion, adding: "That fingerprint evidence is damning against the defendant."

Downey is not participating in the trial but has filed a written defence denying any involvement in the attack.

Families of four British soldiers killed in 1982 Hyde Park bomb begin battle for 'justice' in civil lawsuit against convicted IRA member John Downey - whose 'fingerprints link him to attack'

  Families of four British soldiers killed in 1982 Hyde Park bomb begin battle for 'justice' in civil lawsuit against convicted IRA member John Downey - whose 'fingerprints link him to attack' Families of the four Royal Household Cavalrymen killed in the 1982 Hyde Park bombing said they expect 'justice' as they started a civil case against the prime IRA suspect John Downey (pictured).Fingerprints belonging to republican terrorist John Downey were found on two parking tickets in the Morris Marina car that exploded and caused the 'cold-blooded killing' of British soldiers 37 years ago, the High Court in London heard.

The cold - blooded killer was told he would serve a minimum of 24 years. After the hearing , Detective Chief Superintendent Andrew Stokes said: “This was a cold - blooded killing of a man who had One of its most high -profi le victims was Margaret Thatcher’s political ally and mentor Airey Neave in 1979.

Three men have been jailed for killing a 23-year-old Sheffield dad who was shot dead in June 2014. Grant Bodell was shot at least three times in the early hours of Saturday 21st June in Manor Fields district park . South Yorkshire Police called it a ' cold blooded ' killing and say the three men were

He was charged four years ago with the murders, but his prosecution at the Old Bailey collapsed in 2014.

Family members of those killed launched legal action against Downey after the collapse of the trial.

The relatives initially asked for help with legal fees through crowdfunding after being refused legal aid five times, but it was revealed in February last year that they had been granted public funding to pursue the case.

Speaking outside court ahead of the hearing, Sgt Tipper's brother, Mark Tipper, said: "It's a long time to fight for justice. It's taken a long process. We are here now.

"We have had to fight the Legal Aid Agency, we've had to fight everyone.

"For me personally, it's been a long campaign. It takes its toll on you."

He added: "We all deserve justice."

The car bomb left in South Carriage Drive killed the four soldiers as they travelled from their barracks to Buckingham Palace.

IRA member Downey responsible for 1982 Hyde Park bombing

  IRA member Downey responsible for 1982 Hyde Park bombing IRA member John Downey was responsible for the 1982 Hyde Park bombing, the High Court has ruled. It follows civil action brought by relatives of the four British soldiers who were killed in the bombing.Squadron Quartermaster Corporal Roy Bright, 36, Lieutenant Dennis Daly, 23, Trooper Simon Tipper, 19, and Lance Corporal Jeffrey Young, also 19, were killed by a car bomb as they rode through the central London park to changing of the guard.Announcing her conclusion, Mrs Justice Yip said: "This was a deliberate, carefully planned attack on members of the military.

The convicts had challenged the Delhi High Court order which had sentenced them to the gallows, after terming the December 16 incident as a "rarest He has come out of the reformation home after serving a three-year term. The victim, who died after battling for life for 16 days in hospital, came to be

The killing had the earmarks of an execution and was carried out in a cold blooded and calculated A witness also testified that two guns were heard firing and finally the evidence of the pathologist Henry has 21 days to lodge an appeal to the Court of Appeal against the conviction and sentence.

Two were killed instantly, while L/Cpl Young and Maj Bright died from their injuries within days. Thirty-one other people were injured.

Seven horses had to be put down and another horse, Sefton, survived terrible injuries.

The criminal case against Downey, from Co Donegal, dramatically collapsed after it was revealed that he had received a written assurance from former prime minister Tony Blair's government that he was no longer wanted.

The letter was issued under the terms of the controversial On The Runs (OTRs) Scheme.

Trial judge Mr Justice Sweeney ruled that Downey's arrest at Gatwick Airport, as he passed through the UK on the way to a holiday in 2013, represented an abuse of process and he put a stay on any future prosecution.

Downey is currently in prison in Northern Ireland, facing a criminal prosecution for a car bomb attack which killed Ulster Defence Regiment members Alfred Johnston and James Eames in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, in 1972.

The High Court hearing, before Mrs Justice Yip, is to determine whether Downey is liable for the bombing.

If the judge concludes he is, a second stage of the case will consider the amount of damages to be awarded.

UK judge: 67-year-old took part in 1982 Hyde Park bombing .
LONDON (AP) — A British judge ruled Wednesday that a 67-year-old Irishman was an “active participant" in the 1982 IRA nail bombing attack in London's Hyde Park that killed four soldiers. The decision came in a civil suit that relatives of the dead launched some five years after a criminal case against John Downey collapsed. Judge Amanda Yip ruled that Downey was responsible with other IRA members for the attack on the Household Cavalry in which 31 other people were injured.“This was a deliberate, carefully planned attack on members of the military,'' Yip said.

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