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Appeal for witness to fatal Army shooting of Francis Rowntree

BY VICTORIA O'HARA

An appeal to trace a potential witness who may have seen his friend fatally hit by a rubber bullet over 40 years ago has been made by the Coroner's Service.

Eleven-year-old Francis Rowntree was hit by the bullet fired by a soldier in the Divis Street area of west Belfast in April 1972.

Francis died from his injuries two days later.

A fresh inquest is to take place, and the Coroner's Service wants to contact a man who would have been 14 when he provided a written statement.

An unnamed pupil at St Peter's Secondary School provided a written statement to the Association for Legal Justice on 25 April, 1972.

In the statement, the schoolboy said he was with Francis when he was shot.

The Coroner's Service said his information "may be important to the inquest and to the Rowntree family".

The coroner is appealing for this witness, who would now be in his 50s, or anyone with information about him to contact him on 9044 6833 or contact police on 0845 600 8000 ext 29166.

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