Shot teen's family hope for closure

Manus Deery, the Derry teenager who was shot dead in May 1972 
Staff Reporter

THE sister of a teenager shot dead by the British army more than 40 years ago has said she hopes a new inquest, scheduled for April, will bring some closure.

Manus Deery was 15 when he was killed in the Bogside area of Derry in May 1972.

His death was among the most controversial of the Troubles, and is one of a number of legacy-related cases being re-examined by the coroner.

After a preliminary hearing in Belfast, Helen Deery said: "We want to have the open verdict from the inquest that was held in 1972 overturned and obviously prosecutions.

"We hope that justice will flow from the new inquest."

The family has always disputed MoD claims that a soldier in a lookout post on Derry's walls fired at what was believed to have been a gunman but missed and that the ricochet hit the teenager in the head.

The Royal Welch Fusilier soldier who fired the fatal shot, known as soldier A, was never convicted and has since died.

A fresh inquest was ordered by Attorney General John Larkin in 2012.

Coroner Jim Kitson said the case was progressing well and that difficulties with the disclosure of classified material should be dealt with expeditiously.

He said: "It seems like we are still on track to meet the dates for hearing of this case which is clearly encouraging."

The court also heard that some sensitive documents were awaiting clearance from government officials.


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