Mother of boy shot dead by Army launches legal fight
Published 31/10/2012 | 00:00
The mother of a teenager shot dead by the Army is taking legal action against the Historical Enquiries Team following its investigation into her son’s death.
Gerard Gibson was aged 16 when he was killed by a single gunshot to the head in July 1972.
At the time the Army and the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) claimed the teenager was an IRA gunman when he was shot by a soldier in the Lenadoon area of west Belfast.
However, that claim was later discounted.
The case was re-examined recently by the Historical Enquiries Team (HET).
The special police unit found it was not possible to identify the soldier who killed the youth.
Gerard Gibson’s family want a judicial review of the HET investigation and are seeking a new inquiry into the incident.
They claim the HET breached its duty of independence by failing to inform them the investigation is being led by an ex-RUC officer.