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Former Armagh man awaits sentencing for false imprisonment and assault

Declan 'Whacker' Duffy previously released under Good Friday Agreement

A former Armagh INLA man – previously jailed for his involvement in the murder of a policeman in England but released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement – will be sentenced in December on further serious charges.

Declan Duffy, originally from Armagh City, admitted false imprisonment in County Dublin in June 2015.

Duffy, who had been known by the nickname ‘Whacker’, was remanded in custody at a three-judge court in Dublin, and now awaits sentencing.

His co-accused, 38-year-0ld Christopher Maguire, with an address at Dun Emer Place, Lusk, was freed on continuing bail pending sentencing on December 18.

Both are due back before the non-jury Special Criminal Court, sitting in Dublin, on that date.

Maguire was the victim of a failed murder bid last summer having been shot a number of times outside his home.

He and Duffy – aged 43 and with an address at Hannover Street West – pleaded guilty to falsely imprisoning Martin Byrne.

Maguire also admitted a second false imprisonment charge on the same date, and Duffy admitted assaulting John Roche and causing him harm, also on June 9, 2005.

The latter had been a member of the INLA, having joined as a teenager while living in Armagh in the 1980s.

He was sentenced to  life imprisonment in 2010 for his involvement in the murder of Sergeant Michael Newman in Derby 18 years earlier but freed under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

Both men face the maximum sentence of life imprisonment when sentenced.

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