Republican News · Thursday 20 June 1997

[An Phoblacht]

Freedom for one of Casement Three

By Eoin O'Broin

Pat Kane, one of the Casement Three, was released from jail last week. 39 year old Kane was imprisoned for life in 1990 following the killing of two British soldiers, Derek Wood and David Howes. The British soldiers were attacked by mourners then shot by the IRA after they drove into the funeral of Caoimhín MacBradaigh who was murdered by loyalist killer Michael Stone in Milltown cemetery a week earlier during the funerals of Volunteers Mairead Farrell, Dan McCann and Sean Savage.

Kane was jailed along with Mickey Timmons and Sean Kelly in 1990. All three were charged with aiding and abetting in the killings on grounds of ``common purpose''. The controversial legal judgment had previously only been used by the apartheid regime in South Africa.

The trio, who became known as the Casement Three, were convicted on the grounds that they were in Casement Park where the two British soldiers were beaten, before being taken away and executed by the IRA.

Despite losing their appeals, Kane's case was referred back to the appeal court by former Direct Ruler Patrick Mayhew on the grounds of Kane's mental and psychological state during his interrogation. Speaking outside the appeal court on Belfast's Chichester Street, shortly after his release Kane told journalists, ``I just kept hoping and praying that this day would come. It is thanks to my legal team that I am standing here. But there are two other men, Mickey Timmons and Sean Kelly, who should be here with me. Justice has been done for me but not for them''.

Welcoming the release Sinn Féin's legal affairs spokesperson Barry McElduff said, ``this judgment is welcome. However the initial conviction whereby the three were sentenced using the common purpose judgment effectively remains intact. This must be overturned and Sean Kelly and Mickey Timmons released immediately''.

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