Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Trial date set over Hyde Park case

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

An Irish man charged with the murder of four British solders in the 1982 Hyde Park IRA bomb blast has had a provisional date for trial set at the Old Bailey in London.

John Downey, 61, of County Donegal, was arrested at Gatwick Airport last month.

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

He appeared via videolink for the preliminary hearing before Mr Justice Sweeney wearing a white checked short-sleeved shirt, and spoke only to confirm his name.

A provisional trial date was set for November 18, and he was told he would appear in court again on September 6.

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