Fury as veteran faces murder charge for 1972 shooting in The Troubles

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AN ex-Army chief last night blasted a veteran’s murder rap for a 1972 shooting in The Troubles.

The man, named as Soldier B, is charged over the death of Daniel Hegarty, 15.

Derry boy Daniel Hegarty, 15, was shot dead in 1972
Daniel Hegarty, 15, was shot dead in 1972
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He is also charged with wounding with intent for allegedly shooting his cousin Christopher Hegarty, 17.

Soldier B, who was in the Royal Scots Regiment, is thought to be in his late 60s.

He has health problems worsened by anxiety over the case.

Col Richard Kemp, ex-head of our forces in Afghanistan and a Troubles veteran, said: “It’s wrong he should spend what could be his last days fighting for his freedom. But terrorists walk free with comfort letters and Royal pardons. It’s sham justice to appease the IRA.”


Soldier B was among troops sent to Londonderry after IRA blasts. In 1973 and 2008 cop reviews led to no prosecutions.

After judges quashed a similar 2016 decision, a prosecutors’ review brought charges.

The lads’ family, who found out yesterday, said: “We wish Soldier B no ill will. We just want the criminal trial to begin.” The Government vowed “full legal and pastoral support” for him.

British Army controlling rioting in the streets of Derry in 1975 after the Apprentice Boys March during The Troubles, Northern Ireland
British Army controlling rioting in the streets of Derry in 1975 after the Apprentice Boys March during The Troubles, Northern Ireland
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British soldiers are pictured behind armoured water cannon and armoured cars as tensions rise during a civil rights march in Derry on what became known as Bloody Sunday
British soldiers are pictured behind armoured water cannon and armoured cars as tensions rise during a civil rights march in Derry on what became known as Bloody Sunday
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