Halted prosecution of Soldier F over Bloody Sunday murders to renew

Halted prosecution of Soldier F over Bloody Sunday murders to renew


he discontinued prosecution of a navy veteran often called Soldier F for 2 murders on Bloody Sunday in Londonderry in 1972 is to renew.

Northern Eire’s Public Prosecution Service (PPS) introduced that courtroom continuing are to recommence in opposition to the previous paratrooper on two counts of homicide and 5 counts of tried homicide.

Final yr, the PPS introduced a halt to the prosecution citing issues that the case might collapse if it proceeded to trial.

Nonetheless, earlier this yr, the Divisional Court docket of the Excessive Court docket in Belfast overruled that transfer after it was challenged by the household of one of many victims.

And earlier this month, the courtroom rejected the PPS’s bid to have its enchantment referred to the UK Supreme Court docket.

The PPS has now reviewed its place and has determined to renew the prosecution.

The service initially introduced it was halting the prosecution of Soldier F for the murders of James Wray and William McKinney amid issues the case might collapse in gentle of a separate courtroom ruling on the admissibility of proof which brought on the collapse of one other Troubles homicide trial involving two navy veterans.

The McKinney household then efficiently challenged the unique determination by prosecutors by the use of judicial assessment.

Bloody Sunday was one of many darkest days within the historical past of the Northern Eire Troubles, when members of the Parachute Regiment shot lifeless 13 civil rights protesters within the Bogside space of Derry.

One other man shot by paratroopers on January 30 1972 died 4 months later. Whereas many contemplate him the 14th sufferer of Bloody Sunday, his loss of life was formally attributed to an inoperable mind tumour.

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Michael Agnew stated: “The judgment delivered by the Divisional Court docket in March 2022 has been fastidiously examined and a recent assessment of this case carried out.

“It has been concluded that, in an effort to give impact to the Divisional Court docket judgment, the unique determination to prosecute Soldier F ought to stand.

“Due to this fact, the committal proceedings that have been placed on maintain ought to now proceed.

“The PPS has written to representatives of the households and victims instantly concerned within the prosecution of Soldier F to verify this determination.

“We have now provided to fulfill with the households to reply any questions they could have and to stipulate the subsequent steps to be taken to progress the case. Soldier F’s authorized representatives have additionally been knowledgeable.

“I’m very acutely aware of the upset brought on to the Bloody Sunday households by the PPS determination to withdraw proceedings in opposition to Soldier F final yr. It’s our function to maintain below assessment the proof offered in each case.

“This case has offered tough and complicated authorized points for prosecutors, as was acknowledged by the Divisional Court docket. The PPS is dedicated to progressing courtroom proceedings in opposition to Soldier F with none additional delay.”

The Soldier F prosecution is now listed for a assessment listening to at Londonderry Magistrates’ Court docket on September 27.

Mickey McKinney, brother of William McKinney, stated: “We’re delighted that the prosecution of Soldier F will resume subsequent week.

“We hope that the PPS safe an early date for the resumption of the committal proceedings and that Soldier F is returned for trial to the Crown Court docket with out additional delay.

“We hope to fulfill with the PPS to debate the longer term progress of the case within the coming weeks.”

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