Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

14.57 15 Apr 2019


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A former soldier is to face prosecution over the death of a teenage boy in Derry more than 45 years ago.

15-year-old Daniel Hegarty was shot and killed by a member of an Army patrol on 31st July 1972.

It happened in the Creggan area of Derry during the so-called 'Operation Motorman'.

He was shot twice in the head, while his cousin Christopher - then aged 17 - was also shot and injured.

The North's Public Prosecution Service (PPSNI) says it has decided to prosecute a soldier - identified as 'Soldier B' - for the offence of murder and for a charge of wounding with intent.

The director of public prosecutions, Stephen Herron, met with the Hegarty family today to inform them of the decision.

Speaking after the meeting, he said: “I have concluded that the evidence which can be presented at court is sufficient to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction and that the Evidential Test for Prosecution is met.

“I have therefore taken the decision to prosecute an individual identified as Soldier B for the offence of murder in relation to the death of Daniel Hegarty and for the wounding of Christopher Hegarty."

The PPSNI added that it does not intend to make any further comment on the case as a 'prosecution will shortly be commenced'.

Main image: Picture by Lesley-Anne McKeown/PA Archive/PA Images

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