IRA terrorist John Downey ordered to pay £715,000 to Hyde Park bombing victims’ families

AN IRA terrorist was yesterday told to pay £715,000 for the Hyde Park bombing.

John Downey, 68, was found to have been an “active participant” in the 1982 atrocity.

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John Downey has been ordered to pay £715,000 to the families of the Hyde Park bombing’s victims[/caption]

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The Hyde Park bomb, hidden in a blue Morris Marina, exploded as a Household Cavalry troop headed to a Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace on July 20, 1982[/caption]

And yesterday London’s High Court ruled he should compensate relatives of L/Cpl Jeffrey Young, 19, one of four British soldiers who died.

The award — the second highest to victims of terrorism – means Downey could be left bankrupt if he does not pay.

It comes after a three-year campaign, backed by £85,000 from Sun readers, brought him to justice in a civil court last December.

Matthew Jury, lawyer for Jeffrey’s daughter Sarahjane, said: “Her fight has never been about anything other than the rights of victims and survivors of terrorism.

“Victims and their families deserve accountability.”

The family vowed to appeal Mr Justice Spencer’s ruling that Sarahjane, now 42, was not a “secondary victim” in the attack despite seeing from a window her dad blown up.

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Relatives of the Hyde Park bombing victims outside the High Court in 2019 after a judge ruled that John Downey was responsible for the attack[/caption]

And they will also fight his finding that Downey was not liable for exemplary damages.

The other three killed were Trooper Simon Tipper, 19, Lt Anthony “Digger” Daly, 23, and Cpl Maj Roy Bright, 36.

Downey, facing murder charges over a 1972 bombing, did not take part in the proceedings.

The Sun Says

WHEN Sun readers helped bring Hyde Park bomber John Downey to justice we urged his victims’ families to take him for every penny.

So we are delighted to see him ordered to pay £715,000 to the relatives of Lance Corporal Jeffrey Young — just 19 when the IRA murdered him in 1982.

Without the Sun-backed Hyde Park campaign, and £85,000 YOU raised, Downey might have lived out a long and cosy retirement.

Instead he now faces possible bankruptcy, plus a double murder charge over another bombing.

We are proud to have played our part.

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