11 Aug 2022

Unjustified firing of shots by soldier

Breaking: Kathleen Thompson Inquest

Kathleen Thompson

Kathleen Thompson

The Inquest into the death of Derry's Kathleen Thompson has ruled a soldier was unjustified in firing the shots which killed the mother-of-six, in Derry, in November 1971.

The Pat Finucane Centre said: "The Family of Kathleen Thompson, shot dead by a British Soldier in 1971, [are] overwhelmed and emotional after damning verdict at inquest. 

"Soldier did not hold honest belief that he was under fire and shooting was not justified.

"This is why Brandon Lewis wants to stop inquests."


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According to the Pat Finucane Centre, the Coroner has stated there was "no proper investigation" of Mrs Thompson's murder.

The Centre added, this was in spite of Brandon Lewis' claims the "vast majority of security force kilLings were lawful".

It added: "The forensic investigation of facts in this case would not be possible under the Bill of Shame [NI Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill]."

Updates to follow.

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