Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Old Bailey bomber back in jail

Old Bailey bomber Marian Price is back in jail after a courtroom claim that she threatened to disrupt the Queen's visit to the Irish Republic

Old Bailey bomber Marian Price is back in jail after a courtroom claim that she threatened to disrupt the Queen's visit to the Irish Republic this week.

Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson signed a new order sending her to prison as she appeared in court in Londonderry accused of encouraging support for an illegal organisation following a dissident republican rally in Derry on Easter Sunday.

Even though she was granted bail, the suspect, 57, was immediately rearrested by police after the court heard of fears that she would get involved in threats to disrupt the Queen's visit.

A detective sergeant said: "The 32 County Sovereignty Movement have openly said they will carry out acts to disrupt events occurring in the near future like the royal visit and that may mean future public order events which the defendant might involve herself in."

The defendant, from Stockman's Avenue in Belfast, denies addressing a meeting to encourage support for the IRA at the city cemetery in Derry on Easter Monday. The charge relates to a commemoration rally organised by the 32 County Sovereignty Movement, which provides political advice to the Real IRA, of which the defendant is secretary. Police said she held a piece of paper for a masked man who read a statement for the IRA.

Mr Paterson sent her back to prison following advice from the Parole Commissioners that the risk of serious harm posed by her had increased significantly. She has the right to challenge the commissioners' recommendation. She had been freed on licence from a life term.

Her solicitor Peter Corrigan told the court: "The Secretary of State last night revoked her licence. I believe this is not lawful and it drives a coach and horse through the presumption of innocence."

The defendant, whose name was given in court as Marian McGlinchey, was jailed for the IRA bombing of the Old Bailey in London in 1973. She was released from prison in 1980 on medical grounds.

The detective sergeant told the District Judge Barney McElholm that the charge related to the defendant "holding a piece of paper for a masked man who read out a statement on behalf of the IRA".

The detective sergeant said that the man threatened assassination against anyone from the nationalist or republican community who may be perceived by the IRA to be a traitor. There were also threats within the speech against members of the republican movement involved in criminal acts who would claim the label of being members of the IRA. There were also threats to continue a military campaign.

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