Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Man in court over Hyde Park blast

A police photographer at the scene of a car bomb in Rotton Row, Hyde Park, London, in 1982

A man has appeared at London's Old Bailey charged with the murder of four British solders in the 1982 Hyde Park IRA bomb blast.

John Downey, 61, of County Donegal, was arrested at Gatwick Airport on Sunday.

He was accused of being responsible for a car bomb left in South Carriage Drive which killed solders 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 was charged with murdering Roy Bright, Dennis Daly, Simon Tipper and Geoffrey Young, and with intending to cause an explosion likely to endanger life.

Grey-haired Downey looked relaxed as he chatted with prison officers at Belmarsh prison, south London, as he appeared on videolink at the court.

He was remanded to a preliminary hearing before Mr Justice Sweeney at the court on June 5. No bail application was made.

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