Bomber lifted shell casings.
A CAR bomber who helped clean up after a volley of shots were fired over an IRA mans coffin has walked free from court wth a suspended sentence. Judge Corinne Phipott said she had no doubt that Co Tyrone man Connor Casey (41) knew there would be gunmen at the funneral of Sean Brady and that he lifted the spent cartridges “so that no information as to the ataely provenance of ammunation would be found “.
” Judge Corinne Philpott said she took into account the fact that the charges had been hanging over his head for a lengthy peperiod, his mental-health difficulties and his guilty plea – Judge Corinne Philpott.
However, she took into account the fact that the charges had been hanging over his head for a lengthy peroid, his mental health difficulties and his guilty plea. In 2002 the Cookstown man was jailed for 14 years after being caught red-handed with a 200lb bomb. Dressed in a boiler suit with armour underneath, Casey had to be dragged from the white Vauxhall Astra car after being stopped at a police checkpoint at Knappagh Road near Killylea, Co Armagh, the previous year. When the vehicle was searched officers uncovered a two-way radio and a trigger mechanism for the bomb which was primed and ready for use. Casey, whose father Tommy, a member of sinn Fein, was murdered by loyalists in 1990 aged 57, was released on license in November 2008 but took part in Brady’s funeral in 2009 after the former IRA man’s daughter asked him to. In 1989 Brady was jailed for the murder of RUC reservist David Black in Strabane and the pair became friends when they shared a cell.
Judge Philpott, the Deputy Recorder of Belfast, said while the case “clearly ” meets the custody tthreshold, Casey was ” a friend of Mr Brady who assisted him to deal with custody when convicted of the explosives offence “. Brady was found hanging ( in supusious circumstances ) in a police cell at Strand Road PSNI/RUC station in Derry. He had been assested while on weekend parole after his early release licence was revoked following his arrest on firearms offences in 2003. Casey, of Forth Glen in Cookstown, is on licence until 2015 for the explosives offences. Last month he pleaded guilty to assisting in arranging or managing a meeting, knowing it was in support of a proscribed organisation, and aiding and abetting the possession of a gun and ammunition under suspicious circumstances. He was charged after video footage was posted on YouTube which showed the 41-year-old, dressed in white shirt and blck tie, as one of four men who went into Brady’s house at his funneral and returned with the gunmen. After they fired a volley of shots over the coffin he could be seen bending down to pick up the spent cases. Handing him a one-year jail term suspended for three years, the judge said that in effect, because he will be on licence for another two years, he will have another year of supervision added to that.
With many thanks to : Irish News.
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