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Old Bailey bomber Marian Price McGlinchey in legal bid to prevent the media showing what she looks like

BY PAUL HIGGINS

An on-going case against Old Bailey bomber Marian McGlinchey was adjourned because she is scared of her new image being captured by the media.

A defence lawyer acting for McGlinchey – who is facing charges linked to the murders of Sappers Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey at Massereene barracks in 2009 – applied for the case to be adjourned yesterday at Belfast Crown Court. Lawyer Sean Devine said he would be submitting legal argument for a banning order on the media recording McGlinchey's image.

He told Judge Gordon Kerr QC there was a "plethora of medical evidence" as to her ill-health but also that she feared if she comes to court, her photograph will be taken and distributed.

Mr Devine agreed with the judge there was nothing in the reports to suggest she was not fit to come to court for a short time for her arraignment, and that "this woman has to attend court".

McGlinchey, also known as Marian Price, and of no fixed abode, is on bail charged with providing a mobile phone for a terrorist purpose on the date of the Massereene attack on March 8, 2009.

McGlinchey served a jail sentence along with her late sister Dolours Price for the 1973 IRA bomb attack on the Old Bailey in London.

Her licence was revoked in 2011 and she spent two years in custody before she was finally released earlier this year.

Her lawyer revealed that with alleged repeated death threats hanging over her "it would be our intention, in order to facilitate her appearance at court, to make an application for an order which would prohibit any image being taken or distributed or published".

He also claimed that McGlinchey's appearance had altered significantly.

In adjourning the arraignment until a date to be fixed, Judge Kerr told the lawyer he would allow him a week to lodge any skeleton argument to show him the reasons why and under what authority he could make such an order.

Yesterday, Mr Devine said that time in custody had a major deteriorating effect on McGlinchey's health.

Last week at Belfast Magistrates Court, McGlinchey was initially convicted of public order offences arising from a white line protest in the New Lodge Road area of Belfast in July 2010, but those were set aside by District Judge Fiona Bagnall.

Earlier this month at Londonderry Magistrates Court, when McGlinchey attended without incident, District Judge Barney McElholm dismissed a similar application for media restrictions.

Committing the one-time bomber for trial on a charge of aiding and abetting a terrorist rally after McGlinchey allegedly addressed a dissident republican rally at a cemetery in Derry, the judge accepted that McGlinchey's appearance had altered but suggested it may be due to her now wearing glasses.

He also pointed to the amount of images and information about her already in the public domain.

PROFILE

Marian McGlinchey is a well-known republican who is better known by her maiden name Price.

The 58-year-old served a jail sentence along with her late sister Dolours Price for the 1973 IRA bomb attack on the Old Bailey in London.

Her licence was revoked in 2011, the year she was charged with providing property for the purposes of terrorism in connection with the investigation into the murders of two soldiers at Massereene barracks. McGlinchey, who denies the charges, spent two years in custody before she was released earlier this year suffering from ill-health.

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