Mark Tipper, Sarah-Jane Young and other family members of Hyde Park bombing victims outside High Court
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Hyde Park Bombing: Victim's Relative Wins High Court Case

Mark Tipper, Sarah-Jane Young and other family members of Hyde Park bombing victims outside High Court

The daughter of one of the four British soldiers killed in the Hyde Park bombing has won the first stage of a High Court damages claim against suspect John Downey.

Sarah-Jane Young brought the civil action on behalf of the Hype Park justice campaign, which is run by the victims' relatives and supporters.

Her father, Lance Corporal Jeffrey Young, died after the bomb went on in July 1982 while he was parading to Buckingham Palace with fellow Household Cavalrymen.

Squadron Quartermaster Corporal Roy Bright, 36, Lieutenant Dennis Daly, 23, Trooper Simon Tipper, 19, and Lance Corporal Jeffrey Young, also 19, were killed.

The civil action followed the collapse of a criminal case against convicted IRA member, John Downey, in 2014.

Hyde Park bombing aftermath
A police forensics officer examines vehicles in the aftermath of the bombing (Picture: PA).

Mrs Justice Yip ruled on Wednesday that Mr Downey was an "active participant" in the bombing and was jointly responsible with others for the attack, which left 31 other people injured.

Announcing her conclusions in London, the judge said: "This was a deliberate, carefully planned attack on members of the military.

"I have found that the defendant was an active participant in the concerted plan to detonate the bomb, with the intent to kill or at least to cause serious harm to members of the Household Cavalry."

Mr Downey, from County Donegal, did not play any part in the trial but filed a written defence denying any involvement in the attack.

The case will now progress to a second stage to determine the amount of damages to be awarded.

Cover image: Family members of Hyde Park bombing victims outside the High Court in London (Picture: PA).