Thursday 14 December 2017

Old Bailey bomber: I provided phone for 2009 attack

Rebecca Black

OLD Bailey bomber Marian Price has pleaded guilty to providing a mobile phone linked to a Real IRA attack in which two soldiers were murdered.

Sappers Mark Quinsey and Patrick Azimkar were killed in the attack at Massereene Army Barracks in Antrim in 2009 as they collected pizzas, just hours before they were due to be deployed to Afghanistan.

The veteran republican also entered a guilty plea to the charge of aiding and abetting the addressing of a meeting to encourage support for terrorism. The charge related to a separate incident at a republican Easter commemoration in Derry in April 2011.

Price had been released early from prison on licence, but it was revoked in May 2011 on the direction of the then Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson, shortly after the Derry rally.

The SDLP had expressed concern at this move, and campaigned for her release.

Last night, unionists called on those who worked towards the release of Price to apologise and "admit they were wrong".

DUP South Antrim MP William McCrea said the SDLP needed "to find its moral compass".

Ulster Unionist MLA Danny Kinahan called on Price to tell the authorities all she knows about the Massereene shootings.

Irish Independent

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