Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Police delay files on Army killing of Joseph Parker at Ardoyne Christmas disco

The inquest into the death of Jospeh Parker was due to be held at Belfast Coroner's Court

Police have been unable to prepare papers for a new inquest for a man shot dead by the Army at a Christmas dance due to pressures dealing with other legacy cases, a court has heard.

A lawyer for relatives of Joseph Parker told Belfast Coroner's Court that the failure of the PSNI to provide any sort of timetable for disclosing files relating to the 1971 shooting in the north of the city was "entirely unsatisfactory".

Mr Parker, a 25-year-old married father-of-one whose wife was expecting the couple's second child when he died, was shot in disputed circumstances when soldiers opened fire at a community centre in Ardoyne during a disco.

The episode unfolded when troops entered Toby's Hall, which no longer exists, claiming to be searching for a suspect.

Confrontations ensued and soldiers said they fired a series of shots into the roof and walls amid concerns for their safety - claims which were disputed by eye witnesses.

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