Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Ex-RUC officers ‘trying to withold information’ in deaths probe

Michael Tighe (17): Shot dead by RUC in a shed in Lurgan. 24/11/1982.

Former RUC officers are trying to withhold information linked to an investigation into a police shooting 30 years ago, a preliminary inquest hearing has been told.

Lawyers representing families of five IRA men and a Catholic teenager, shot dead in controversial circumstances in 1982, are seeking to obtain court transcripts for their inquests.

But Barry MacDonald QC claimed police are attempting to redact — or black out — information on some transcripts.

“This is effectively an attempt to confiscate material that is already in the public domain, that is a matter of public record,” he said.

That creates a potential conflict of interest, he said, as those trying to withhold information were “apparently” in the RUC.

A police barrister said there was independent oversight, including from Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson and the coroner himself.

The court material relates to the case of Martin McCauley, who was wounded in a shooting which killed Michael Tighe.

Mr Tighe (17) was shot dead by the RUC at a hay shed where rifles were being stored near Craigavon in November 1982.

The case was adjourned for further consideration of legal matters.

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