Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The 'Killer Squad' Sentenced for a Grand Total of 627 Years

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The 'Killer Squad' Sentenced for a Grand Total of 627 Years

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THE five members of the gang got 16 life sentences at Manchester Crown Court in 1976 for conspiracy to murder and cause explosions and possessing arms and explosives. Their sentences, including concurrent terms, amounted to 627 years. The five are: Brendan Dowd, 47, who was named the IRA's top terrorist organiser in Britain when he was jailed. He was a key figure in mainland bombings in 1974 and 1975. He claimed to have been involved in the Guildford bombing but was never charged.

He was arrested as he tried to form an IRA active unit in Liverpool.

Sean Kinsella, 48, from Co Fermanagh, was caught with Dowd. Was on the run from Portlaoise jail in the Irish Republic. Panicked and shot a policemen during a traffic check, leading to their arrest in Liverpool.

Stephen Nordone, 39, from Co Louth, was 19 at the time but had been an IRA member for five years. …

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