Pictured: The woman suspected of being part of the hit team killed three soldiers in the IRA Honeytrap
Depicted: Woman, now 77, suspected of being part of a squadron that lured three British soldiers to death in IRA Honeytrap
- PSNI officers from the old research unit will meet family members of the men
- The Dublin-based brunette was reportedly a member of the women’s unit of the IRA
- She would have lured the soldiers to a house where they were shot
The police have to re-examine the evidence of the infamous IRA honeytrap murders of three British soldiers in 1971, and hopes that those involved will finally be brought to justice after nearly half a century.
Police officers from the old Northern Ireland Investigation Unit (PSNI) meet relatives of brothers John and Joseph McCaig, 17 and 18 years old, and Dougald McCaughey, 23, who were lured to their death on an isolated country road after an afternoon café . crawling in Belfast.
Last Sunday’s mail revealed new details of the atrocity, including the presumed involvement of up to ten conspirators.
Killed: the brothers John and Joseph McCaig, 17 and 18 years old, were tempted to death after a pub crawl in Belfast
The hit team is thought to have included two women and Paddy O’Kane, a former British parachutist who became an IRA assassin.
Today, this newspaper can reveal that one of the women suspected of involvement was also associated two years later with the honey traps of three other British soldiers.
The brunette, now 77 years old and living in Dublin, was reportedly a member of the IRA women’s division, Cumann na mBan, and was on a police-wanted poster in 1973.
Officers believe they helped lure Michael Muldoon, 25, Barrington Foster and Thomas Penrose, both 28, to a home in Belfast where they were shot.
The MoS can also reveal the identity of another suspect in the 1971 murders of three Royal Highland Fusiliers.
He was Henry “Harry” Canavan, who died in 2015 at the age of 72.
In addition to Canavan and O’Kane, who died in 2009, another suspect is Anthony “Dutch” Doherty, 69, who was arrested for the murders but later escaped prison.
Honeytrap death: Dougald McCaughey, 23, was also killed and officers from the old PSNI investigation unit are now investigating the case
Wanted: a 77-year-old woman based in Dublin who is reportedly a member of the women’s division of the IRA
He was never persecuted.
The death of the Fusiliers – the first off-duty soldiers killed by the IRA – caused widespread aversion.
Their families want a new investigation, which they hope will provide sufficient evidence to launch a police investigation and the eventual extradition of suspects to the UK.
Their lawyer, Matthew Jury, said about the PSNI meeting: “The evidence that we were able to identify identifies suspects who have not previously been spoken by the police.”
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