Old Bailey bomber spared jail term
OLD Bailey bomber Marian McGlinchey has avoided a return to jail after being handed a suspended sentence for dissident republican terror offences, one linked to the murder of two British soldiers.
McGlinchey -- who was given a life term in 1973 for her part in the bomb attack on the London court -- last year pleaded guilty to providing a mobile phone to the Real IRA gang that gunned down the soldiers outside Massereene Army barracks in Antrim, in 2009, and, two years later, aiding and abetting a masked man who read out a Real IRA statement at a republican rally in a Derry cemetery, advocating violence against police officers.
Judge Gordon Kerr yesterday sentenced the 59-year-old, formerly known as Marian Price, to a total of 12 months' imprisonment for both offences but told Belfast Crown Court he was suspending the sentence for three years.
Judge Kerr said her deteriorating health was one factor he had considered when suspending the sentence.