Suspended sentence for Marian Price

Published Tuesday, 07 January 2014
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Old Bailey bomber Marian 'Price' McGlinchey has been sentenced to a 12-month jail term suspended for three years for two terrorist offences.

Suspended sentence for Marian Price
Marian Price was handed a suspended sentence on Tuesday. (© Pacemaker)

McGlinchey, as she is now known, previously admitted a charge of buying the mobile phone used by the Real IRA to claim responsibility for the murders of two British soldiers outside Massereene Army Barracks in March 2009.

The 59-year old, from Stockman's Avenue in west Belfast, also admitted helping out at a Real IRA Easter commemoration in April 2011, during which she was pictured holding a statement for a masked man in a Londonderry cemetery.

Sentencing McGlinchey, Judge Gordon Kerr QC told the court McGlinchey had a "significant conviction for terrorist activity" in reference to two life sentences imposed in November 1974 for her role in the Old Bailey bombing.

The judge did, however, tell the court that pre-sentence reports presented to him suggested McGlinchey was "no longer interested in political activity".

He also spoke of McGlinchey's physical and psychiatric problems, saying sending her back to jail would result in "psychotic depression."

McGlinchey pleaded guilty to providing property for the purposes of terrorism on 8 March 2009 and for this she was handed a 12-month prison sentence.

She also admitted aiding and abetting, counselling and procuring the address made to encourage support for the Real IRA at the Easter Rising parade in Derry on 25 April 2011, for which she received an nine-month sentence.

Judge Kerr ordered that the sentences run concurrently, which he then suspended for three years.

I think if you do these dreadful should still have to face the consequences of your actions.

Geraldine Ferguson, Sapper Patrick Azimkar’s mother

Sapper Patrick Azimkar, 21, was shot down at the Army barracks in Antrim along with 23-year-old Sapper Mark Quinsey, as they went to collect a pizza delivery.

Speaking to U105's Frank Mitchell, Geraldine Ferguson, mother of Mr Azimkar, said she felt very shocked by the sentence.

"It's astonishing how the courts don't seem to be able, or willing, to convict the people who murdered or who were actively involved in murdering our son Patrick, who would have turned 26 yesterday," she said.

"It's very difficult to understand."

Following the sentencing, police released images of Marian McGlinchey buying the mobile phone in question.

A spokesman for PSNI Serious Crime Branch said: "Despite today's sentencing, and previous acquittals, the investigation remains open.

"Police would appeal to anyone with any information about those involved in these murders to contact them.

"The tragic outcome of those events in March 2009 is that the Azimkar and Quinsey families are facing another year without their brothers and son.

"Anyone who knows anything about the murders or can assist in any way with the investigation should do the right thing and talk to police on 0845 600 8000."

Marian McGlinchey buying mobile phone.

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Comments Comments
me in larne wrote (380 days ago):
Realistic in Belfast read over your comment and realise what a tool you really are !!! she provided a phone to murderers obviously she knows who they are and what the phone was for u lanyard !!!
Sam1690 in Ballysillan wrote (382 days ago):
Why have none of my comments about the status of this self confessed terrorist's early release been posted, given the fact that the issue has been raised by at least 1 MLA with the Secretary of State?
Big Ian in Belfast North Ireland wrote (382 days ago):
Here we go, more one sided posts produced by UTV. Marian served her time and should learn by now, the only way forward in this society is through peaceful means. Haven't the people of this country learned nothing???
Sam1690 in Ballysillan wrote (382 days ago):
Can anyone explain why Micheal Stone had his license revoked, and Marion McGlinchy has not? Both have serious previous convictions, both were freed on licence under the terms of GFA, both were found guilty of terrorist offences. One entered Stormont with a fake gun, fake grenades, and a small knife, the other assisted in the murder of two young men, and assisted in a terrorist rally where children were present. Seems the "perceived imbalance" in the legal system here is no longer merely a perception.
Aghast - again in North Antrim wrote (382 days ago):
This is a betrayal of the Massereene victims and their loved ones. To say that Marian Price is no longer interested in political activity (and they use that term very loosly!)and that to imprison her again would cause her psychotic depression is to totally ignore the whole purpose of our criminal justice system, to punish and deter. She committed crimes and she should be punished for them. A suspended sentence is irrelevant to her as she is a lifer. She hasn't suffered because of this - but the integrity of our courts certainly has.
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