Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

'Serious failing' over Wright death

Billy Wright was shot dead in 1997 inside the Maze Prison
Billy Wright was shot dead in 1997 inside the Maze Prison
A copy of The Billy Wright Inquiry Report
Northern Ireland secretary Owen Paterson gives his statement to the House of Commons, London

The official inquiry into the murder of Loyalist terrorist Billy Wright in the Maze Prison has found that there was no "state collusion" in his killing, Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson said.

But Mr Paterson told the Commons that there had been "serious failings" within the prison which "facilitated" Wright's death in December 1997, although these were due to "negligence" and were not intentional.

"His murder in a high security prison should never have happened. It was wrong and I am sincerely sorry that failings in the system facilitated his murder," Mr Paterson said.

The inquiry report said a review of the Northern Ireland prison service similar to Lord Patten's police overhaul should be launched.

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