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Cold case probe into Lenadoon killing was ineffective, court told

By Alan Erwin

A reinvestigation into the military killing of a teenager in Northern Ireland 40 years ago was flawed and ineffective, the High Court heard.

Lawyers for the mother of Gerard Gibson claimed the Historical Enquiries Team probe lacked independence because it was headed by an ex-RUC officer.

They also alleged a complete failure to interview several witnesses as part of the re-examination.

A judge was urged to quash findings that it was not possible to identify the soldier who fired the shot and order a new inquiry.

Gerard Gibson (16) was killed in Lenadoon, west Belfast, in July 1972.

An initial claim by the Army and RUC that he was an IRA gunman was later discounted.

The case was reinvestigated by detectives from the HET, a police unit set up to investigate deaths carried out during the Troubles.

Its report, issued in 2010, has been rejected by the teenage victim's mother, Elizabeth Gibson.

Judgment was reserved in the application for leave to seek a judicial review.

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