Family of killed IRA man suing Ministry of Defence over disputed bomb claims

Household of killed IRA man suing Ministry of Defence over disputed bomb claims

Family of an IRA man shot lifeless by a British soldier in west Belfast greater than 50 years in the past are suing the Ministry of Defence over disputed claims he was throwing a bomb at troops.

eamus Simpson’s household insist he posed no risk however was allegedly focused and killed unlawfully due to his position within the republican organisation.

They’re looking for damages in an motion set for trial on the Excessive Courtroom in December.

Mr Simpson, 21, was shot amid dysfunction at Rossnareen Street in August 1971, simply days after the introduction of internment with out trial in Northern Eire.

In keeping with a report by Historic Enquiry Workforce (HET) detectives, troopers got here beneath assault within the space as they tried to clear a barricade.

On the time Mr Simpson was an intelligence officer throughout the Provisional IRA’s Belfast Brigade.

The soldier who fired the deadly shot claimed he had been about to throw an explosive machine at troops.

However legal professionals representing the household contend that the HET report highlights inconsistencies within the Military’s model of occasions.

An examination of Mr Simpson’s clothes didn’t reveal any traces of explosive residue, and no reference was made to a warning being issued earlier than he was fired upon.

His sister, Susan Simpson, has introduced proceedings in opposition to the Ministry of Defence by his sister, claiming damages for alleged negligence and misfeasance in public workplace.

Courtroom papers state: “The household imagine the deceased’s demise was unjustified and illegal, the pressure used was unreasonable and the deceased was focused as a result of he was within the 2nd Battalion of the IRA.

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“The troopers’ statements help the declare {that a} verbal warning may have been issued previous to the deadly capturing of the Deceased as he was being noticed for a while, and makes an attempt may have been made to arrest him had he posed a official risk.”

These allegations at the moment are set to return beneath full judicial scrutiny at a trial listed for a five-day listening to.

Exterior courtroom Ms Simpson’s solicitor, Gary Duffy of KRW Regulation, stated: “The household are difficult the narrative of occasions put ahead by the RUC and the Military that Seamus was throwing a bomb when he was killed.

“They imagine that he was focused by troopers as a result of he was a widely known republican and that he posed no risk (when shot lifeless).”

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