John Downey to be released on bail

December 20, 2019

Donegal man John Downey, who stands accused of the murder of two UDR soldiers, has been granted bail today in the Belfast High Court.

Downey, 67, with an address in Creeslough, was granted bail on condition that a cash surety of £225,000 is provided and that he lives in a pre-agreed address in Belfast under curfew, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

Downey was ordered to surrender his passports and is banned from leaving Northern Ireland.

Downey is charged with murdering two British soldiers in an IRA bomb attack in Enniskillen in 1972. He was extradited to the UK after handing himself into gardaí in October.

A renewed application for bail in November heard that £225,000 in cash and a further £500,000 in equity was proposed as sureties. Downey’s defence also said he proposed to live in a property in Belfast belonging to a Sinn Féin Councillor.

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