Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Catholic woman's family to sue British Government for alleged collusion in UDA murder

High Court writs have been issued against the Ministry of Defence and the PSNI.
High Court writs have been issued against the Ministry of Defence and the PSNI.

The family of a Catholic woman shot dead by loyalist paramilitaries 20 years ago are to sue the British Government for alleged collusion in her murder, it was revealed today.

Teresa Clinton was killed in a sectarian UDA gun attack on her south Belfast home in April 1994.

On the anniversary of her murder lawyers representing her widower Jim confirmed High Court writs have been issued against the Ministry of Defence and the PSNI.

Papers served on the defendants claim damages for misfeasance, negligence, breach of statutory duty and conspiracy to injury.

Mrs Clinton, 34, was watching television when gunmen smashed a window at her house off the lower Ormeau Road and opened fire.

Her children were in the house when she was killed.

Although Mr Clinton was not present, it is believed he was the UDA gang's target.

A report into the assassination of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane is said to back this up.

The legal action will centre on whether military intelligence knew and, if so, what was done to warn the family.

Mr Clinton has said he would consent to an amnesty for those who pulled the trigger.

But he insisted he wants to know who was allegedly responsible within the British state for creating a climate that allowed the killers operate.

His lawyer, Kevin Winters, gave further details on the lawsuit.

Mr Winters said: "The De Silva report into the killing of Pat Finucane provides official confirmation  for the first time that the security forces knew Jim Clinton was targeted.

"It points to clear evidence of collusion between elements of the state and paramilitaries.

"That in turn allows us to make the necessary discovery applications through the courts."

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