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Downey pleads not guilty to murder of soldiers in bomb

The scene after the Hyde Park bomb exploded

The scene after the Hyde Park bomb exploded

A Donegal man has pleaded not guilty to the murder of four British soldiers in an IRA bombing at Hyde Park in 1982.

John Downey, 61, of Creeslough was arrested at Gatwick Airport in May last year and charged over the car bomb which killed the soldiers as they rode through the park to the changing of the guard. As well as the four soldiers, seven horses died and 50 people were injured in the attack. Less than two hours later, a second explosion in a Regents Park bandstand killed seven Royal Green Jackets bandsmen.

At the Old Bailey on Friday, Downey formally entered not guilty pleas to murdering Roy Bright, Dennis Daly, Simon Tipper and Geoffrey Young, and a further charge of intending to cause an explosion likely to endanger life.

He remains on conditional bail.

 

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