Winchester Three

The Winchester Three were three young Irish citizens (Martina Shanahan, Finbar Cullen and John McCann) who were found guilty in 1988 of a plot to murder British politician Tom King, who was the Northern Ireland Secretary at the time, and sentenced to 25 years in prison.[1][2] Their convictions were later quashed by the Court of Appeal, after having served two-and-a-half years.[2][3] The decision was criticised by Lord Denning.[4]


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  2. ^ a b "Gun haul 'may have been linked to murder attempt on Tom King'". The Irish News.
  3. ^ "BBC News | History | 1990-92: Start of the talks process".
  4. ^ "Denning condemns freeing of the Winchester Three". HeraldScotland.