Resumption of Bloody Sunday prosecution delayed for twenty-four hours after courtroom mix-up

Resumption of Bloody Sunday prosecution delayed for twenty-four hours after courtroom mix-up


he scheduled resumption of the prosecution of a army veteran for 2 murders on Bloody Sunday has been adjourned for twenty-four hours after a mix-up over what courtroom it was as a result of be heard in.

Whereas prosecution and defence attorneys within the case involving Soldier F have been directed to attend courtroom in Belfast on Tuesday morning, the district decide presiding over the case was despatched to Londonderry.

Final week, Northern Eire’s Public Prosecution Service (PPS) introduced it was recommencing proceedings in opposition to the previous paratrooper on two counts of homicide and 5 counts of tried homicide.

Soldier F is accused of the murders of James Wray and William McKinney on the day in January 1972 when members of the Parachute Regiment shot lifeless 13 civil rights protesters on the streets of Derry.

The PPS beforehand referred to as a halt to the prosecution citing considerations that the case may collapse if it proceeded to trial.

Nevertheless, earlier this 12 months the Divisional Courtroom of the Excessive Courtroom in Belfast overruled that call 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 an enchantment referred to the UK Supreme Courtroom.

After reviewing its place, the PPS then determined to renew the prosecution.

That transfer had been anticipated to formally happen at a point out listening to earlier than District Decide Peter Magill on Tuesday morning.

Nevertheless, District Decide Magill attended courtroom in Derry whereas attorneys concerned within the case attended courtroom in Belfast.

One lawyer defined the scheduling error to District Decide Alana McSorley who was sitting in Belfast Magistrates’ Courtroom.

“We perceive this case has primarily been listed in error earlier than your worship this morning,” he stated.

“District Decide Magill after all has had conduct of the case, however primarily he has been despatched to Londonderry this morning and we’re right here.

“In these circumstances somewhat than bother your worship with any substantive matter we perceive the proposal of the courtroom is the matter be listed earlier than District Decide Magill tomorrow in courtroom 9 on this constructing.”

The PPS initially halted the prosecution of Soldier F amid considerations the case may collapse in gentle of a separate courtroom ruling on the admissibility of proof which brought about the collapse of one other Troubles homicide trial involving two army veterans.

The McKinney household then efficiently challenged the unique resolution 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.

Whereas 13 folks have been killed on the day, one other man shot by paratroopers died 4 months later.

Although many take into account him the 14th sufferer of Bloody Sunday, his loss of life was formally attributed to an inoperable mind tumour.

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