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Friday, December 5, 1997 Published at 02:13 GMT


Jail breaker on police killing charge

An alleged IRA terrorist who escaped from a south London prison has been charged with murdering an Irish policeman.

The detective was shot dead during an abortive IRA raid on a post office delivery van in Adare, Co Limerick, in June 1996.

Pearse McCauley, 32, originally from Strabane, Co Tyrone, but now of no fixed address, was charged at the anti-terrorist Special Criminal Court in Dublin with the capital murder of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe at Adare, Co Limerick, on June 7, 1996.

He was also charged with IRA membership on the same date, the attempted murder of Detective Garda Ben O'Sullivan at Adare on June 7, conspiring with Jeremiah Sheehy, Michael O'Neill and others between June 5 and June 8, 1996, to commit a robbery at Adare.

Mr McCauley was also charged with possession of firearms and ammunition with intent to endanger life at Adare on June 7, 1996.

Remanded until February 17

The capital murder charge carries a mandatory sentence of 40 years' imprisonment without remission on conviction.

Mr McCauley, who escaped from Brixton prison in July 1991, is wanted in Britain for conspiracy to murder former brewery chairman Sir Charles Tidbury, conspiracy to cause explosions in the UK in November 1990 and escaping from lawful custody.

He was arrested in Co Galway last October, and the High Court in Dublin cleared the way for his extradition to Britain.

He was brought before the Special Criminal Court and charged with firearms and ammunition offences.

Mr McCauley was remanded in custody until February 17 next year when the trial of two other men already charged with the capital murder of Detective Garda McCabe is due to go ahead.

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