Donegal man in court over Hyde Park bombing

Thursday 06 June 2013 00.01
John Downey is charged with murdering Roy Bright, Dennis Daly, Simon Tipper and Geoffrey Young
John Downey is charged with murdering Roy Bright, Dennis Daly, Simon Tipper and Geoffrey Young

A 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.

John Downey, 61, of Co 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 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 18 November and he was told he would appear in court again on 6 September.