Bloody Sunday: Soldier F faces murder charges

Category : UK News
Updated On : March 15, 2019 02:01 AM
By Indian Times Daily

A former British soldier faces murder charges over the killing of two people on Bloody Sunday in Londonderry in 1972. The Public Prosecution Service said there was enough evidence to prosecute Soldier F for the murders of James Wray and William McKinney.

He also faces charges for the attempted murders of Patrick O'Donnell, Joseph Friel, Joe Mahon and Michael Quinn. Thirteen people were shot dead at a civil rights march on 30 January 1972. The day became known as Bloody Sunday - one of the darkest days of the Northern Ireland Troubles.

The shootings led to widespread anger in Derry and further afield. On the same day as the funerals were held for 11 of the Bloody Sunday victims, the British Embassy in Dublin was burned to the ground by an angry crowd.

The former paratrooper is being referred to only as Soldier F because all military witnesses were granted anonymity through the Saville Inquiry into the circumstances around the killings. The PPS said there was insufficient evidence to prosecute 16 other soldiers and two Official IRA men.

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