Man bailed over Hyde Park bomb

Published Thursday, 01 August 2013
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A man charged with the murder of four British soldiers in the 1982 Hyde Park IRA bomb blast has been granted conditional bail at the Old Bailey on Thursday.

Man bailed over Hyde Park bomb
The scene of the 1982 IRA bomb attack near London''s Hyde Park. (© PA)

John Anthony Downey, 61, of Co Donegal, was arrested at Gatwick Airport in May.

He is accused of being responsible for a car bomb left in South Carriage Drive which killed the soldiers as they rode through the park to the changing of the guard.

The explosion injured other members of the Royal Household Cavalry and killed seven horses as they travelled from their barracks to Buckingham Palace.

Downey is charged with murdering Roy Bright, Dennis Daly, Simon Tipper and Geoffrey Young, and with intending to cause an explosion likely to endanger life.

He is due to stand trial at the central London court next year.

© UTV News
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7 Comments
realistic in planet earth wrote (364 days ago):
ahhhhh feck, don't tell us the old bailey is in on the 'conspiracy' now too???? ..................................:)
Hugh in Belfast wrote (365 days ago):
To all the 'disgusted' posters below. I hope you also praised the fact that Michael Stone was refused early release. After all, he was actually proven guilty of what he did. This man is accused, therefore he is not guilty until it has been proven so. If he is proven guilty then he should serve time as Michael Stone is doing now.
ciaran in newry wrote (366 days ago):
Ha ha ha four posts all complaining about bail being granted, what a joke. Ever heard of innocent until proven guilty . @alan, people remanded for waving flags, there was a wee bit more to it than that you numpty lol.
Disgusted in Bangor wrote (366 days ago):
Bail? - an absolute disgrace! Can't wait for the trial.
Adrian in Coleraine wrote (366 days ago):
Bail what a joke !
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