Guildford IRA pub bomb inquest will not look at perpetrators
“ WITH NO MENTION OF A SOLDIER OR VETERAN & NO REPUBLICAN INFLUENCE DEMANDING RETRIBUTION THE GOVERNMENT & IT’S REPUBLICAN FRIENDS SIMPLY WANT THIS TO BE A SANITISATION EXERCISE ”
An inquest into the deaths of five people in IRA pub bombs in Guildford in 1974 will not look at who planted the explosives, a coroner has ruled.
Coroner Richard Travers ruled the inquest should look at the timing of one of the explosions, the location of the bomb and how the victims died. Calls had come from lawyers and the family of Ann Hamilton, one of the four soldiers who died, for a wider inquiry. Mr Travers also ruled the full hearing would take place without a jury. He said he could see no good reason to empanel a jury. In a short submission KRW Law requested a jury on behalf of the family of victim Ann Hamilton but "didn't give a specific reason" for requesting one, Mr Travers said. KRW Law representatives were not present at the pre-inquest review, after the families' request for legal aid was refused. Barry O'Donnell from KRW Law said: "It's imperative that the family have legal representation in order to interrogate the disclosure which in turn determines the scope. "Without independent interrogation of the scope the state has a free run at setting the scope, denying the family independent representation in an important case where soldiers and a civilian were murdered." He said KRW Law had done everything it could to obtain funding and were very disappointed.
Two bombs exploded at the Horse and Groom pub and the Seven Stars pub on 5 October 1974, killing five and injuring 65. The five who died had been in the Horse and Groom, and it is the bombing of that pub that will be the focus of the inquest. Eleven people - the Guildford Four and Maguire Seven - were wrongly-convicted after the attacks in what became one of Britain's biggest miscarriages of justice.
Wrongly-convicted Gerry Conlon, Paddy Armstrong, Paul Hill and Carole Richardson served 15 years in jail Ms Hamilton previously asked the inquest to broaden its investigation to include discrepancies in press coverage at the time, the timings of the bombings, barracks