The families of the victims of the Hyde Park bombing said they felt “devastatingly let down” after the prosecution of convicted IRA member John Downey collapsed.
The relatives of Household Cavalry soldiers Roy Bright, Anthony ‘Denis’ Daly, Simon Tipper and Jeffrey Young issued a statement yesterday. Here are some extracts:
“The families of those so treacherously murdered whilst on duty on that fateful day have never ceased in their desire to see that justice be done.
“It is with great sadness and bitter disappointment that we have received the full and detailed judgment and that a trial will now not take place.
“This news has left us all feeling devastatingly let down, even more so when the monumental blunder behind this judgment lies at the feet of the PSNI.
“The end result is that the opportunity for the full chain of those terrible events will never be put in the public domain for justice to be seen to be done.
“Our men signed up to serve their country in good faith, yet now it seems that that faith was not supported by those within certain areas of authority.
“The torment for the families will be ongoing knowing that John Downey will be returning to his family and life will be normal for him.
“Families of the Hyde Park bombing have learnt over time to live with the consequence of the bombing but now have to learn to live with the knowledge that justice will now never be seen to be done for our lost loved ones.
“May we take this opportunity to request that our privacy will now be respected in order to come to terms with this situation whilst we continue to mourn our loss.”