15/08/2019

Coroner: 1972 Army Killing Was 'Unjustified'

The killing of an IRA man by a British Soldier in L'Derry in 1972 has been ruled by the coroner as unjustified.

Seamus Bradley was shot and killed in the Creggan area of the city on 31 July 1972, at the age of just 19.

The shooting happened during Operation Motorman, an Army attempt to reclaim 'no-go' areas established by republican paramilitaries across Northern Ireland.

The Army had claimed that the teen was shot while in a tree and suffered additional injuries as he fell. His family alleged he sustained the fatal injuries later, including a broken neck, when he was interrogated by soldiers.
News Image
Coroner Judge Patrick Kinney rejected both versions of events at Belfast Coroner's Court on Thursday. He said he was satisfied Seamus Bradley was killed by a soldier who got out of a Saracen vehicle, dropped to one knee and opened fire. The coroner had not been able to confirm the identity of the soldier.

"He was running across an open area of ground, he had no weapon and he was clearly visible," Judge Kinney commented on the case.

"The use of force by the solder was entirely disproportionate to any threat that might have been perceived."

Sinn Fein MLA Raymond McCartney said the ruling that Seamus Bradley's killing was unjustified is welcome.

The Foyle MLA said: "The Bradley family have been campaigning for the truth about what happened to Seamus for many years.

"All families bereaved by the conflict are entitled to access to the truth about the deaths of their loved ones.

"We need to see the British government implementing the legacy mechanisms agreed at Stormont House so that families and campaigners can get access to truth."



(JG/MH)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

28 November 2019
Man Shot In Leg In L'Derry
Police are investigating after a man was shot in the leg in L'Derry. The victim, aged in his thirties, was targeted in the Ballymagroarty area shortly after 10pm on Wednesday night, 27 November. Two masked males, one of whom was carrying a handgun, approached the man and pushed him down onto a grassy area where he was shot.
09 December 2019
Shot Fired At House In Co Tyrone
A man has escaped injury after a shot was fired at a house in Coalisland, Co Tyrone. The incident took place in Pinebank Gardens shortly before 9pm on Sunday night, 08 December. The front window of the house was damaged, however a man who was inside at the time was uninjured.
06 December 2019
Hospital Visitors To Stay Clear As Bugs Increase
A doctor from the Southern Trust has requested that people only visit hospitals if absolutely necessary as bugs in the community increase. The call comes following a rise in cases of flu, vomiting and diarrhoea which has already impacted on some wards in Craigavon and Daisy Hill Hospitals.
02 December 2019
Man Critical Following L'Derry Assault
A man is in critical condition following a serious assault in L'Derry. The 28 year-old was attacked in a house in the Cornshell Fields area of the city this morning, Monday 02 December.
27 November 2019
Pair Due In Court Over Off-Licence Robbery
Two men are facing charges over an armed robbery at an off-licence in north Belfast. A business in the Ballysillan Road area was targeted on Monday evening, 25 November.