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Monday 30 May 2016

PPS revisit 1988 file on soldier who killed Aidan McAnespie in Tyrone

By David Young, PA

Published 22/01/2016

The decision not to prosecute a soldier who shot dead a man as he walked through an Army checkpoint is to be reviewed
The decision not to prosecute a soldier who shot dead a man as he walked through an Army checkpoint is to be reviewed

The decision not to prosecute a soldier who shot dead a man as he walked through an Army checkpoint is to be reviewed.

Aidan McAnespie (23) was killed in Aughnacloy, Co Tyrone, in February 1988.

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) is to re-examine the decision not to proceed with a prosecution against the soldier who fired the shot.

Mr McAnespie was on his way to a GAA club when he was shot by the Grenadier Guardsman.

The soldier claimed his hands were wet and his finger slipped on the trigger of his heavy machine-gun. He was charged with manslaughter but it was later dropped.

Mr McAnespie's family claimed he had been harassed by soldiers as he passed through the checkpoint previously.

Northern Ireland's Director of Public Prosecutions, Barra McGrory, has decided to review the original prosecution file after the case was referred to him by attorney general John Larkin.

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