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Kingsmill massacre survivor Alan Black doubts justice will ever be done

The sole survivor of the Kingsmill massacre has said he doubts the gunmen will ever be brought to justice.

Alan Black said he was disappointed by the decision not to prosecute a man whose palm print was allegedly found on a suspected getaway vehicle, but he said he understood and accepted there was insufficient evidence.

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Mr Black was shot 18 times in the hail of bullets that killed 10 of his work colleagues on the outskirts of the south Armagh village of Kingsmill in 1976.

No-one has ever been convicted over the sectarian attack.

Reacting to the Public Prosecution Service's announcement that no case would be taken against the man whose print was allegedly found on the stolen green Bedford van, Mr Black said he had "mixed feelings", noting that the move will clear the way for a long-delayed inquest to resume.

"I am disappointed obviously that no-one has been held to account," he said.

"Having said that, I got a very detailed document from the PPS this morning and I can see why they didn't take it forward, because they can't place the minibus at Kingsmill, so then the palm print becomes surplus."

A dearth of Garda and RUC records in regard to how the van was forensically handled upon discovery was understood to be a key factor in the PPS's decision.

The stalled inquest into the killings was adjourned last year when the palm print was matched on a police database. It is now set to reconvene. The coroner's probe has been additionally hampered by difficulties in obtaining Garda files.

"The guards have been less than helpful, to be honest, and the police not much better, to be honest," Mr Black said.

"We have a great legal team behind us so hopefully they will get answers.

"I have mixed feelings. I fully accept the PPS's decision not to go forward with it, while I am disappointed no-one has been held to account.

"Having said that, it allows us to go ahead with the inquest and that means that we'll get answers at the inquest."

He added: "There's never going to be justice for Kingsmill, because there is no will to go after anyone.

"I don't really believe there will be justice but hopefully we will get some answers from the inquest."

Karen Armstrong, whose brother John McConville was one of those murdered, appealed to his killers to search their conscience and at least give answers to the coroner.

"John had been accepted for Bible college and was ready to serve the same God that the gunmen may believe in," she said.

"These men made a choice on 5 January 1976 that has fundamentally affected the families of John and his colleagues ever since.

"The perpetrators have had 41 years to reflect on this and may have had regrets."

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