Mechanic avoids jail term over court blast
The brother of an IRA member shot dead by the SAS in Gibraltar has been freed on a suspended sentence after he pleaded guilty to providing a getaway car for dissident republican bombers.
Ciaran Anthony Farrell (53), a father-of-two from Killeaton Park, Dunmurry, supplied a Renault Laguna to terrorists who bombed Newry courthouse in February last year.
Belfast Recorder Judge Tom Burgess, in suspending the 18-month sentence for three years, said it was accepted that this was done while “under threat”.
Two days before the Newry bombing Farrell was contacted by a man who told him he needed a car, warning Farrell “not to be letting him down”. The judge said the mechanic knew nothing of any plan, “let alone it would be this particular bomb attack”.
Farrell’s sister Mairead was one of three IRA members shot dead in Gibraltar by the SAS in 1988. They were suspected of planning a bomb attack.