Jonesboro man to stand trial for Nairac killing

May 11, 2010

By Brónagh Murphy

A Jonesboro man has been told by Belfast Crown Court that he must stand trial for 1977 murder of British army captain, Robert Nairac.

Mr Justice Hart ruled that 59-year-old Kevin Crilly could stand trial over his alleged involvement in the SAS man’s death.  An application by Mr Crilly’s lawyers that he had no case to answer over the murder was dismissed.

Mr Crilly, from Lower Faughill Road, will formally be arraigned before the Crown Court this week.  He is to be charged with the soldier’s murder along with two counts of false imprisonment and two charges of kidnapping.

Nairac was on an undercover SAS operation when he was abducted from the carpark at The Three Steps bar in Dromintee in May 1977.   He was not seen again and his body has never been located.

Six men have already been jailed in connection with the SAS captain’s disappearance, three of them for murder.