Belfast Telegraph

IRA membership charge against Garda killer Adrian Crevan Mackin is struck out

An IRA membership charge against Adrian Crevan Mackin who murdered Garda Tony Golden earlier this month was struck out at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin today.

Prosecution solicitor Mr Michael O’ Donovan told the three judge court that his instructions were that “the matter be withdrawn and the single charge struck out.”

Mackin shot dead Garda Golden and seriously injured his partner Siobhan Phillips at the family home in Omeath, Co Louth before killing himself.

He was secretly cremated in Belfast on October 16 in front of a handful of mourners, after funeral directors refused to handle the remains. One undertaker from his home city of Newry finally agreed to do the job.

Adrian Crevan Mackin (25),of Mullach Alainn, Omeath was charged in January with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on January 16th.

He was granted bail on his own bond of 100 Euro and an independent surety of 5,000 Euro on January 27th and had been complying with his bail terms when he murdered Garda Golden.

Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding, said that it had occurred to him that the deceased person would not be in a position to defend himself against any allegations of breach of his bail.

His counsel Mr Tony Mc Gillicuddy BL said that the parties would discuss the question of the bail and the matter was put in for mention again on November 5th.

Diarmaid Mac Dermott ,

Irish Independent


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