The BBC reports on the sentencing of Gerry McGeough – who was found guilty in February of the attempted murder of an off-duty UDR soldier, then working as a postman, now DUP councillor Sammy Brush, in 1981. From the BBC report
Former IRA man Gerry McGeough has been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for the attempted murder of an off-duty UDR soldier 30 years ago.
McGeough, 52, shot Sammy Brush, now a DUP councillor, in Aughnacloy in June 1981.
He was arrested in 2007 as he left a polling station in Fermanagh where he was standing as a republican candidate.
So much for that reference…
The question now is how much time will he actually serve?
Adds From the updated BBC report
Handing down the 20-year sentence, Mr Justice Stephens told McGeough:
“You elevated your political opinions and views over democracy, the rule of law, the existence and bodily integrity of Mr Brush.”
Mr Justice Stephens, sitting at Belfast Crown Court, imposed the 20-year jail term, saying there is a clear need to deter other terrorists.
“There should be a clear message to others that no matter how long is the time that elapses and no matter what changes occur in a terrorist’s way of life, that condign punishment will be imposed for committing such offences once they have been brought to justice,” the judge said.
“There is a continuing and compelling need to deter all other potential terrorists.”
Update The Crown Court judgement [The Queen v Terence Gerard McGeough] is online here.
They include a reference from Michelle Gildernew, Member of Parliament for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, MLA, and Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development in the Northern Ireland Executive.