Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

RUC might have failed to prevent the death of Liam Thompson shot in west Belfast, inquests hears

Liam Thompson was shot dead by gunmen near the peace line in west Belfast in April 1994
Liam Thompson was shot dead by gunmen near the peace line in west Belfast in April 1994

The RUC might have failed to prevent the death of a man shot at a west Belfast peace line 20 years ago, an inquest has heard.

Liam Thompson (25) was gunned down near a joint police and Army station in New Barnsley and a solicitor expressed concern about potential collusion in his murder.

Solicitor Gemma McKeown requested an expert opinion on what could be seen from the station. Counsel for the police has said no CCTV is available.

Ms McKeown said: "We would be very keen to explore what the potential viewpoint and vantage point would have been from the barracks in question. There is an issue about whether it could have been prevented."

Mr Thompson, from Dermott Hill in Belfast, was shot dead by gunmen near the peace line at Springfield Park in April 1994.

Barrister Stephen Ritchie, representing the police, told the Belfast preliminary hearing: "There is no CCTV footage of that time."

Another preliminary hearing was scheduled for September when more information is available.

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