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Monday 29 December 2014

Judgment reserved in Robert Nairac case

Robert Nairac
Robert Nairac

Judgment has been reserved in the month-long trial of a man for the murder of undercover soldier Captain Robert Nairac 33 years ago.

Trial judge Mr Justice McLaughlin said he had been given “plenty of food for thought” and that he would need some time to consider all of the evidence and submissions in the case.

Kevin Crilly (60), from Lowerfoughill Road, Jonesborough, denies the murder of Capt Nairac between May 13 and 16, 1977, after which he allegedly went on the run in the US for 27 years using his birth name of Declan Power.

The prosecution claims that after the abduction of Capt Nairac from the Three Steps Inn at Dromintee in south Armagh, Crilly went and picked up gunman Liam Townson, who was later convicted of the murder in Dublin.

Crilly, then aged 26, allegedly drove him to a humpbacked bridge in the townland of Flurry Bridge at Ravensdale Forest in Co Louth. It was here, according to Townson's confession, where he “put one into the head” of Capt Nairac, whom he described as “a brave soldier who told us nothing”.

While the prosecution accepted yesterday that the case against Crilly was circumstantial, the defence argued that, given the state of the evidence, Crilly had no case to answer.

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