Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Inquest verdict into police shooting of IRA man Pearse Jordan quashed

Pearse Jordan: IRA man who was shot dead by the RUC on the Falls Road, West Belfast
Pearse Jordan: IRA man who was shot dead by the RUC on the Falls Road, west Belfast

The findings of an inquest into the police shooting of an IRA man more than 20 years ago are to be quashed, a High Court judge ruled.

In a verdict with potentially major implications for other legacy cases, Mr Justice Stephens indicated that a new tribunal examining the death of Pearse Jordan should sit without a jury.

He also found the PSNI responsible for a delay of up to 11 years in holding the hearing.

The judge will make a determination on whether the police are liable for damages over the delay.

Jordan was killed in disputed circumstances on the Falls Road in west Belfast in 1992.

Witnesses claimed the police shot him in the back as he tried to flee after the stolen car he was driving was rammed.

His death was one of several high-profile cases in Northern Ireland involving allegations of a 'shoot-to-kill' policy operated by the security forces.

In October 2012 a long-delayed inquest failed to reach agreement on key aspects.

Outside court the dead man's father Hugh said: "We have waited over 20 years for a proper inquest to be conducted fairly and thoroughly.

"Hopefully, now it will be."

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