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Most-Wanted Rebel Gets 10 Years

March 12, 1986

DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) _ Dominic McGlinchey, once the most-wanted guerrilla in Britain and Ireland, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday on charges stemming from a shootout with police who captured him two years ago.

Earlier in the day, a non-jury Special Criminal Court convicted the 32- year-old former chief of the Irish National Liberation Army of shooting at police and having a gun with intent to endanger life.

The charges arose from a shootout at a bungalow hideout in Newmarket-on- Fergu s in western Ireland on March 17, 1984, St. Patrick’s Day.

Prosecutors said 116 shots were fired at police, but only one officer was slightly wounded by a ricochet bullet before a priest mediated a surrender.

McGlinchey was once quoted by a Dublin newspaper as having boasted of killing 30 people since 1972 and taking part in 200 bombings and shootings in Northern Ireland over a 10-year period.

The Irish National Liberation Army is a leftist offshoot of the Irish Republican Army. Both groups, banned in Britain and Ireland, are fighting to end British rule in Northern Ireland and unite the Protestant-dominated province with the Roman Catholic Irish Republic.

The three-judge panel sentenced McGlinchey to a 10-year prison term starting Tuesday on the charge of shooting at police. He received a second 10- year term on the gun possession charge to run concurrently, from the date of his arrest.

The judges recessed Friday after a 10-day trial and announced their verdict Tuesday before passing sentence. The courthouse was ringed by soldiers and police.

Two men arrested with McGlinchey, Seamus McShane and Damien Bird, were sentenced last year to 12 and 10 years in prison respectively.

At the time of his arrest, McGlinchey headed the British and Irish security forces’ most-wanted lists and was being sought in connection with the killing of a postmistress, Helen McMullan, 63, who was shot during a guerrilla attack on her policeman son in 1977.

McGlinchey last year became the first terrorist suspect to be extradited from the Irish Republic to Northern Ireland for trial. He was sentenced in Belfast to life imprisonment in connection with the killing of Mrs. McMullan, but the conviction was quashed on appeal last October and he was returned to Dublin to stand trial on charges stemming from his arrest.

An hour after McGlinchey was led away Tuesday, his wife, Mary, appeared in the same courtroom on a charge of holding captive a Belfast man, Richard Hill, and his 13-year-old daughter after they were abducted while on vacation in western Ireland in August 1983. They were later freed unharmed. Mrs. McGlinchey pleaded innocent.

Hill is the stepfather of Harry Kirkpatrick, a former guerrilla who turned police informer in Northern Ireland and testified in court against his colleagues in the Irish National Liberation Army.

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