News Letter
14 March 2012

A FORMER RUC officer has claimed that a dozen murders on the border could have been prevented if the Garda had shared evidence in relation to the Narrow Water bombings.

Witness 68 was the senior investigating officer for the atrocity yet said yesterday morning was the first time he had ever seen the report from the Garda investigation.

He said after reading it he was shocked that two suspects – Brendan Burns and Joe Brennan, who were arrested by the Garda while riding a motorbike just a few miles from where it is thought the bombs were detonated – were not charged with the attack.

In total, 18 soldiers died at Narrow Water when two bombs exploded.

“There was devastating evidence against Brennan and Burns. They were charged by [Detective Sergeant] Owen Corrigan on motoring offences. Why were they not prosecuted under explosives or conspiracy charges? Why were they allowed to walk free?” Witness 68 asked.

“If the Garda had cooperated, I would at least have had evidence to present to the Director of Public Prosecutions for extradition.”

Witness 68 claimed another dozen murders on the border could have been prevented.

“If Owen Corrigan had done what I had expected then perhaps those deaths would not have occurred,” he said.

Counsel for retired Detective Sergeant Owen Corrigan, Darren Lehane, described that statement as “outrageous”.

Mr Corrigan has denied any allegations of collusion with the IRA and has successfully defended his good name in libel proceedings.