A former British soldier who committed murder is to be charged with murder 47 years after murdering 2 people and attempting to murder 4 others during the Bloody Sunday massacre in Derry in 1972.
The veteran paratrooper – who can only be referred to as soldier F – will be charged with murdering James Wray and William McKinney and with the attempted murders of Joseph Friel, Michael Quinn, Joe Mahon and Patrick O’Donnell. The other 16 British soldiers who took part in the killings will get off scott free.
Today’s events may bring some comfort at least to relatives of the 13 people who were shot dead that day but not everyone agrees with the decision. Some people took to social media to express their outrage.
Nigel Winterbottom from Carlisle tweeted “ITS A DISC RACE!!!!! ARE BOYS GET DUN 4 DOIN THERE JOB KILIN TERORRESTS!!!!! ITS RIDICKULOUS!!!!! GOD SAVE ARE QEEN!!!!!”
Dominic Weatherhead from Huntingdon-Upon-Themley wrote “Its PC gone mad. People are offended by everything these days. You can’t even shoot people anymore.”
As it took a mere 47 years to bring one of the 17 soldiers who carried out the massacre to trial it is predicted that the families of all those murdered on Bloody Sunday will finally get justice for their loved ones in 752 years time.