Bus driver convicted of 2008 IRA dissident murder

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Posted: Dec 01, 2011 11:05 AM
Bus driver convicted of 2008 IRA dissident murder

A Northern Ireland bus driver has been convicted of murder for a 2008 killing of an Irish Republican Army dissident by his own colleagues.

The three judges of Dublin's no-jury Special Criminal Court found 37-year-old Martin Kelly guilty of driving Andrew Burns to his death.

Kelly told police that a senior IRA dissident had ordered him to drive the 27-year-old Burns to a meeting in a Catholic church parking lot on the Irish border. Kelly said he knew Burns would be shot but pleaded not guilty to murder.

The judges, who handle terror-related cases in Ireland, ruled Thursday that Kelly was just as responsible for the killing, even though another IRA dissident shot Burns fatally in the back as he tried to run away.

The judges said they would sentence Kelly Jan. 24.