Belfast Telegraph

Appeal over Army killing of mum Kathleen Thompson

By Staff Reporter

A Coroner has appealed for anyone with information about the fatal shooting of a mother-of-six by the Army in Londonderry to come forward.

Kathleen Thompson (47) was shot by soldiers in disputed circumstances on November 6, 1971 as she stood in the garden of her home at Rathlin Drive in the Creggan estate.

She was found by her 12-year-old daughter. A new inquest into her death is due to open at Derry Courthouse on October 23 this year.

Coroner Patrick McGurgan has issued an appeal for information ahead of the hearing for anyone who feels they may be able to assist the inquest to contact the Coroners Service.

In a statement, the Coroners Service said: "There may, for example, be persons with relevant information concerning the death but who have not yet brought that information to the attention of the authorities."

If you have any knowledge which may assist this investigation please contact the Coroners Service for Northern Ireland by email on or phone 028 9044 6829 before September 1.

A witness surgery is also being conducted to facilitate this process tomorrow at the Verbal Arts Centre at Bishop Street in the city.

It will run from 10am-7pm.

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