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Appeal granted over IRA man Pearse Jordan's inquest delays

Pearse Jordan was shot dead by police in 1992
Pearse Jordan was shot dead by police in 1992

The Supreme Court has granted an appeal in the case of IRA man shot dead by police more than 25 years ago.

The family of Pearse Jordan have been granted an appeal of a decision on whether their human rights were breached through delays to the inquest into their son's death.

Mr Jordan (22) had been driving a hijacked car when he was stopped by police in Belfast in December 1992. He was shot dead when he attempted to run away, however he was unarmed.

Pearse Jordan's death was one of several high-profile cases in Northern Ireland involving allegations that the RUC was involved in shoot-to-kill incidents.

His parents Teresa and Hugh Jordan were previously granted £7,500 in damages after the PSNI was held responsible for an 11-year delay in holding an inquest into their son's death.

Judges, however, rejected claims the Coroner's Office was also to blame for the delay.

An inquest into Pearse Jordan's death was held in 2012, however the verdict was later quashed on appeal.

A fresh inquest into the shooting took place in 2016,  concluding that it was impossible to determine the precise circumstances surrounding Mr Jordan's death.

The Supreme Court has granted the family an appeal of the decision on whether their human rights were breached through delays by the Coroner's Office.

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