Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Alleged IRA murder-bid man’s book ‘echoes case’

An alleged IRA would-be killer wrote a book based on the activities of an IRA hitman, including one scene which allegedly echoes the terrorist-related charges he now faces.

Terence Gerard McGeough (51) is on trial at Belfast Crown Court for the 1981 attempted murder of former UDR soldier Samuel Brush who was shot as he delivered mail to a house near Aughnacloy in Co Tyrone in June.

Diplock judge Mr Justice Stephens has already heard Mr Brush had just put a letter through the letterbox when he saw a “masked gunman” stepping out from an adjacent shed, turn in his direction and shoot at him from about 12 feet.

Wounded in the back and shoulder, Mr Brush drew his gun and returned fire at two gunmen.

McGeough, from Gortmerron in Dungannon, is accused of attempting to murder former UDR soldier Mr Brush, possessing two Colt revolvers used in the atack on June 13, 1981, and two counts of being a member of the IRA on dates between January 1975 and June 1981. Yesterday the court heard that McGeough had written a book called ‘Defenders’.

The Crown alleges that a chapter, entitled ‘The Red Heart Of Ulster’ echoes the case against McGeough.

The entire chapter was read to the court by Detective Constable Kirkpatrick and is written about a republican hitman who is “becoming a killing machine” and is lying in wait at an isolated farmhouse for a UDR soldier who will be delivering mail.

DC Kirkpatrick also gave evidence that throughout a series of interviews that officers had with McGeough over three days, he answered all questions with “no comment” on legal advice from his solicitor.

The trial continues.

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