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No evidence of bullet type that killed Kathleen Thompson, MoD tells inquest

Kathleen Thompson (47), who was shot dead at her home in the Creggan estate in Derry in November 1971

A barrister representing the Ministry of Defence has told an inquest into the death of a mother-of-six in Derry in 1971 that there was no clear evidence of the type of bullet that killed her.

The comments by Kevin Rooney QC came during a second day of evidence by 'Soldier D', who it is claimed fired the shot that killed Kathleen Thompson (47).

Karen Quinlivan QC, representing the Thompson family, put it to the former soldier that he was the only military personnel who fired shots that night.

He agreed and the barrister said “Mrs Thompson was struck by a high-velocity bullet. “

However, Mr Rooney objected, stating that this was not clear.

Ms Quinlivan then put it to the soldier that he was the only person who had admitted firing shots into Mrs Thompson’s back garden, where the woman was killed, adding: "You killed an unarmed woman."

At this point the Coroner Judge Sandra Crawford said the soldier was entitled to be warned that he did not have to incriminate himself and Soldier D said he would follow the advice of his counsel.

The former soldier has previously given evidence that he fired two shots after a shot was fired in his direction from a low velocity weapon.

The hearing continues.

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