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UDR Four man loses compensation appeal

A former soldier acquitted of involvement in the murder of a Catholic man has lost his legal challenge to being refused compensation for two-and-a-half years spent in custody.

Colin Worton was seeking to quash the Secretary of State's decision to exclude him from any payout under a discretionary scheme.

But a High Court judge ruled there had been no finding of serious police wrongdoing over the obtaining of a statement from Mr Worton.

The 48-year-old south Armagh man claimed officers warned him he faced 20 years in prison unless he confessed to a role in events surrounding the killing of Adrian Carroll.

He also alleged police questioning him said he would be jailed for just five years and get bail to marry his girlfriend if he made admissions.

Mr Worton and four other ex-members of the Ulster Defence Regiment were charged in connection with Mr Carroll's murder in Armagh in November 1983.

His co-defendants, known as the UDR Four, were found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Three later had their convictions quashed on appeal after judges found interview notes had been altered. They received discretionary compensation but Mr Worton was denied the payment.

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