McGeough sentenced to 20 years for attempted murder

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.”

Indeed.

And  UTV report.  And from the breakingnews.ie report

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.

Further Update  And from that judgement it would appear that, despite what the Sinn Féin spokesman had suggested, Michelle Gildernew was wearing more than one hat when writing that reference…

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.

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  • Mark

    What makes you say that DR ?

  • John Ó Néill

    DR/VH, I assumed that from the first post (and to be honest the tone of the comments made it obvious). I was more surprised that Christy and Granni engaged. I wonder if the IP is a familiar one…

  • Drumlins Rock

    Checked with Sammy, soon as I saw the crazy comments.

  • Drumlins Rock

    Christy, IT IS NOT mr Brush commenting, ignore everything posted by the imposter.

  • Drummlin Rock

    I await further confirmation.

    But before this person posted many of you have been bending over backward excusing Mr Brushes original sectarian quip.

  • Mark

    Turgon and Zach Tiffins Foot saluted him last night , in fact Turgon feels indebted to him while Zach thought he was talking to Mr Bush ( whoever he is ) . Good old Alf told him ( sammy no.2 ) that he’d put manners on Gerry McKeogh yesterday …. lol

  • If I recall –as I post under my own name –there was a little more scrutiny applied before I became a registered poster of Slugger. I would therefore find it very surprising that Mick Fealty would have been less vigilant to the possibility to anyone using a living NI politicians details as would be the case here?

  • granni trixie

    Christy – try to insult me all you like. I know I have taken a consistent moral line. I oppose bigotry and I oppose murder. For slow leearners:I do not condone murdering bigots or anybody.

    End of.

  • augustiner hell

    Dissapointing to see the response from all sides of the field to what was increasingly obvious from his “dim view of catholics” comment onwards, a wind up merchant.
    Surely Christy, as a serious commentator and thinker, you need to take a look at yourself for your willingness to believe all this guy was insinuating about protestant attitudes.

  • granni trixi

    You are a decietful one.

    You made wild assertions about me and I copy here what I suggested to you to go back and read rather than you continue making wild allegations. “I do not advocate the murder of anyone and I never have –not military personel or anyone period.” (6 April 2011 at 10:47 pm)

    Regardless if Mr Brush posted or someone from Nationa Front posted caliming toi be him YOU and anumber of other in house bloggers were defending the anti catholic sentiment being expressed.

    I hope that is the ‘end of’ from you.

  • augustiner hell

    Correction to thsi comment you have just made about me “Surely Christy, as a serious commentator and thinker, you need to take a look at yourself for your willingness to believe all this guy was insinuating about protestant attitudes.”

    I did not, I would not, insinuate any such thing about Protestants –not only to do so would insult people with which I have great regard but would be against my grain.

    I insinuated nothing in fact –I made objection to specific nasty sectarian remark from one individual and defended or excused by others.

  • MonkDeWallyDeHonk

    VanHelsing

    “”MonkDeWallyDeHonk – Simple whataboutery””

    Well if anyone knows about whataboutery it’s you.

    I have never supported violence from any quarter – when I lived in NI, I was an SDLP supporter (when they had real leadership – not the garbage they have today).

    I have no sympathy for anyone who is involved in violence – period. I was merely pointing out that, despite what Driftwood claims, the law is not and certainly was not applied equally in NI. It is clear that in the eyes of the British govt that a Catholic life wasn’t worth as much as a Protestant one.

    The law is only of any value is it’s applied equally and it certainly wasn’t and isn’t yet in NI.’

    I never supported violence againsty anyone including the UDR. I just pointed out that it was rightly despised and distrusted by the overwhelming majority of Catholics. Despite the myth that Unionists like to perpetuate – Catholics didnt shun the RUC or UDR because of IRA violence. They vwere both (especially the UDR) seen correctly as being interested in keeping the Catholic population in their place and no Catholic would want anything to do with them.

    I’m always amazed when people like you and Driftwood try to tell us how the Catholic population felt during the troubles – how the f**k would you know?

    I grew up in the heart of West Belfast right through the troubles so I don’t need any advice from people like you.

    At least you are honest enough to admit that you differentiate between Catholic and Protestant victims.

    I don’t – I’m quite happy to see all the perpetrators of violence punished to the full extent of the law.

    That clearly wasn’t the case and the British establishment, members of the security forces and some Unionist commentators on here were and are quite happy to see “loyalist”terrorists get an easier ride and in some cases no ride at all.

    I’m not complaining about McGeough being prosecuted, I’m just pointing out the hypocriosy of many Unionists who aren’t so worried about the same laws being applied to “loyalist”terrorists.

  • augustiner hell

    Fair enough Christy. I didn’t actually say you had insinuated anything, it was your willingness to believe the ‘sammy brush’ character and even at one point commending him on his honesty that I was referring to. You appeared to be fishing for more anti catholic bile from him.

  • braveheart

    This prosecution is discriminatory and racist and sectarian. Why havent the soldiers who murdered catholics in derry been prosecuted for murder and attemped murder? The same rule of law must apply to everyone. It is these racist actions that had the guns blazing in the first case. A civil rights campaign should be started to try and get catholics equal rights in the north. The protestant justice system is to sectarian. Prosecute british terrorists for there actions!

  • Mike the First

    Very, very instructive how Christy, Pat and others leapt on the (fairly obviously) fake “Sammy Brush’s” comments to show how they “backed up” all their wild claims.

    Going to retract now, guys?

  • nightrider

    many decent Catholics, ie outside the West Belfast ghetto and ‘bandit country’ supported the security forces. They had to remain quiet however or face the wrath of the extremists.

  • Alf

    “This prosecution is discriminatory and racist and sectarian. Why havent the soldiers who murdered catholics in derry been prosecuted for murder and attemped murder? The same rule of law must apply to everyone. It is these racist actions that had the guns blazing in the first case. A civil rights campaign should be started to try and get catholics equal rights in the north. The protestant justice system is to sectarian. Prosecute british terrorists for there actions!”

    braveheart,

    Yeah. Well at least they can never take away your freedom.