Striving for justice, family members of those murdered by an IRA bomber have resorted to raising cash through a national paper in order to fund a court case against him. Why this was allowed to even go this far is beyond belief. As world leaders insult the British public by acknowledging the death of the terrorist leader Martin McGuinness, families here resort to almost begging the public to help them put his henchmen behind bars for good.
In the ’80s, the IRA, although usually caught dead to rights, always seemed to get off on technicalities when they were taken to court. Because their organization’s funding afforded them top lawyers with extensive experience in terrorism cases and plenty of practice, not enough of these hoods were ever put away. The Hyde Park bombing was one of these cases.
In 1982, in a shockingly cowardly attack, the IRA blew up and killed four soldiers and seven horses. They also left 31 others fighting for their lives. A nail bomb positioned in a parked car—allegedly left by John Downey—exploded in Hyde Park, creating carnage. It was set off remotely as the British soldiers passed by on their way to changing the guard. When it went before the courts three years ago, Downey was dismissed, as it was revealed that he had wrongly been promised immunity from criminal proceedings.
The evidence against him was ridiculously damning. It is unbelievable how he ever walked free. His fingerprints were all over two parking tickets found at the scene and he had paid to access the Morris Marina, which contained the 25-pound explosive device. One of the tickets had been issued to the car in central London just two days before the attack. The second, more shockingly, had been put on the vehicle just hours before the attack at the Royal Garden Hotel, just a mile away in Kensington.