Wednesday 20 February 2019

'Whacker' Duffy faces sentence wait in false imprisonment case

Declan Duffy
Declan Duffy

Two Dublin men who admitted false imprisonment will be sentenced before the non-jury Special Criminal Court in December.

Earlier this month, former INLA boss Declan 'Whacker' Duffy (43), of Hannover Street West, and gun attack victim Christopher Maguire (38), of Dun Emer Place in Lusk, both admitted to falsely imprisoning Martin Byrne in Rathcoole/Saggart in Co Dublin on June 9, 2015.

Duffy also admitted assaulting John Roche, causing him harm, at The Towers, Garters Lane, Saggart, on the same date.

And Maguire also pleaded guilty to falsely imprisoning Lisa Byrne in the same place and on the same date.

Both men face the maximum sentence of life behind bars.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding at the three-judge court, yesterday fixed a date of December 18 for sentencing. He remanded Duffy in custody and Maguire on continuing bail until that date.

Duffy, who is originally from Armagh, joined the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) in the 1980s. He was involved in the murder of Sergeant Michael Newman in Derby, England, while still a teenager in 1992.

It was not until July 2010 that he was convicted and received a life sentence for murdering the unarmed police officer, who was shot once through the side of the head at point-blank range as he reached his car.

Duffy was released from jail under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

Before being convicted of that murder, he had served jail time here for membership of the INLA, as well as his role in the infamous Ballymount Bloodbath.

In 1999, his group took six men from a rival gang hostage and beat and tortured them at Ballymount Industrial Estate.


During a bitter fight, INLA man Patrick Campbell was killed by machete blows.

Duffy previously served nine years for false imprisonment and possession of a gun.

He was released in 2007 but immediately became involved in a bitter gangland feud with dangerous criminals based in the south inner city, Crumlin and Tallaght areas, before being arrested and convicted of membership of an illegal organisation in 2008.

Last July, Maguire survived an attempt on his life after being shot a number of times outside his home.

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