Maze escapee loses challenge over kidnap trial

Maze prison escapee Brendan McFarlane today lost his latest legal challenge to stop his trial over the kidnap of a supermarket boss 25 years ago.

Maze prison escapee Brendan McFarlane today lost his latest legal challenge to stop his trial over the kidnap of a supermarket boss 25 years ago.

In a brief hearing in the Supreme Court in Dublin, five judges revealed they had reached a unanimous decision to throw out the appeal.

Former IRA prisoner McFarlane, from Jamaica Street, west Belfast, was charged in January 1998 with falsely imprisoning Don Tidey at Derrada Wood, Ballinamore, Co Leitrim, in November and December 1983.

He was also charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and was facing trial in Dublin’s non-jury Special Criminal Court .

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