AN IRA terrorist was yesterday informed to pay £715,000 for the Hyde Park bombing.
John Downey, 68, was discovered to have been an “lively participant” within the 1982 atrocity.
John Downey has been ordered to pay £715,000 to the households of the Hyde Park bombing’s victimsCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
The Hyde Park bomb, hidden in a blue Morris Marina, exploded as a Family Cavalry troop headed to a Altering of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace on July 20, 1982Credit score: PA:Press Affiliation
And yesterday London’s Excessive Courtroom dominated he ought to compensate family members of L/Cpl Jeffrey Younger, 19, certainly one of 4 British troopers who died.
The award — the second highest to victims of terrorism – means Downey could possibly be left bankrupt if he doesn’t pay.
It comes after a three-year campaign, backed by £85,000 from Solar readers, introduced him to justice in a civil court docket final December.
Matthew Jury, lawyer for Jeffrey’s daughter Sarahjane, mentioned: “Her battle has by no means been about something apart from the rights of victims and survivors of terrorism.
“Victims and their households deserve accountability.”
The household vowed to enchantment Mr Justice Spencer’s ruling that Sarahjane, now 42, was not a “secondary sufferer” within the assault regardless of seeing from a window her dad blown up.
Kin of the Hyde Park bombing victims exterior the Excessive Courtroom in 2019 after a decide dominated that John Downey was liable for the assaultCredit score: Doug Seeburg – The Solar
And they’re going to additionally battle his discovering that Downey was not responsible for exemplary damages.
The opposite three killed have been Trooper Simon Tipper, 19, Lt Anthony “Digger” Daly, 23, and Cpl Maj Roy Shiny, 36.
Downey, going through homicide expenses over a 1972 bombing, didn’t participate within the proceedings.
The Solar Says
WHEN Solar readers helped deliver Hyde Park bomber John Downey to justice we urged his victims’ households to take him for each penny.
So we’re delighted to see him ordered to pay £715,000 to the family members of Lance Corporal Jeffrey Younger — simply 19 when the IRA murdered him in 1982.
With out the Solar-backed Hyde Park marketing campaign, and £85,000 YOU raised, Downey might need lived out a protracted and cosy retirement.
As an alternative he now faces attainable chapter, plus a double homicide cost over one other bombing.
We’re proud to have performed our half.
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