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Ballymurphy barrister says statements were fabricated

Top row, from left: Joseph Corr, Danny Teggart, Eddie Doherty, Fr Hugh Mullan and Frank Quinn..Bottom row, from left: Joan Connolly, John McKerr, Noel Phillips, John Laverty and Joseph Murphy..

A BARRISTER has told the Ballymurphy massacre inquest that two British army statements made at the time of the 1971 shootings were fabricated.

Michael Mansfield QC, representing the families of Daniel Teggart and Noel Phillips, was questioning Nigel Mumford, a medical orderly who treated casualties at the Henry Taggart army base

Mr Mansfield said the two British army statements used in the initial inquest in 1972 had come from a 'Soldier M', who claimed he was the medical orderly on duty.

Mr Mumford has consistently denied that he was Soldier M or that he ever spoke to the Royal Military Police about what happened

Mr Mansfield accepted the statements did not come from Mr Mumford and that he believed they had been fabricated by someone "pretending to be you".

When the barrister read extracts of the statements , the witness there were significant differences between with what Mr Mumford remembered.

The witness agreed with Mr Mansfield that much of the information in the statements would have come from the post-mortems rather than from the casualties.

Mr Mumford also recalled how he treated at least five casualties and denied that he did not take proper care of the wounded.

A barrister for the family of Joseph Murphy asked why an exit wound on Joseph Murphy's leg had been missed and why he appeared to have been badly beaten by the time he arrived at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

In a heated exchange Mr Mumford told the court: "I looked after them patients professionally, every one of them –I never allowed anyone to harm them in any form."

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