Irish soldier facing ‘substantial sentence’



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An Irish Army Reservist is one of two men from the Republic who face “substantial sentences” for gun charges arising out of an alleged attack on a student policeman’s home over four years ago aimed at forcing him from the Co Fermanagh border town of Garrison.

However, Belfast Deputy Recorder, Judge Corinne Philpott QC, told soldier Gerard James McManus, 28, from Fernhill, Letterkenny, and 35-year-old would-be politican Kevin Barry Nolan, of Main Street, Blacklion, that she wanted to review the case before hopefully passing sentence within the next 10 days.

While lawyers for the two men accepted yesterday that their sentences could be in “double figures”, claims were made that the trainee policeman had been targeted by one of his own relatives, who was later “spirited away”. The lawyers said the individual, known to authorities on both sides of the border, had acted as an agent provocateur.