Terence Lynch is a fictional character featured in Luther.

Background Edit

Terence, referred to as Terry, is the father of Owen Lynch. Terry is a former soldier, having served with the Royal Marines for a number of years. He fought in the Falklands, did two tours in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, and served in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

He is described as being an abusive father, frequently beating and berating Owen throughout his childhood. In an effort to earn his affection, Owen enlisted and served with the Royal Marines. However, while he was in Afghanistan, Terry killed a police officer, PC Dennis Sorrel, while resisting arrest. He was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.

Appearances Edit

Terry appears in S01E02, in which he ordered Owen to begin killing police officers and to continue killing police officers until Terry was released from prison.

Terry hides a SIM card with one number stored in it in his cell knowing the police will find it. This leads to the death of four officers in an IED explosion set up by Owen. After roughly ten officers have been killed, DCI John Luther confronts Terry in prison and threatens to spread the rumour that he rapes young boys. Under that pressure, he breaks and tells a number of Owen's embarrassing secrets. Luther then goes on live television and, combining some truths and lies, humiliates Owen; thus, Luther becomes Owen's prime target. Thanks to information given by Terry, Luther heads to a flat once owned by a childhood friend of Owen's. The locations turns out to be Owen's true hideout and Luther and Owen clash. Owen pins Luther to a wall and empties his revolver of all but one bullet, and then begins a turn-based game of Russian roulette. Owen realizes he has lost and prepares to shoot himself in the head, but Luther overpowers and arrests him.

Back at Hobb Station, Luther and DSU Rose Teller try to persuade Owen to admit that he was acting under orders given by his father. However, Owen refuses, opting to take the prison sentence rather than give his father up.