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Coroner calls for witnesses to Army killing of mum-of-six Kathleen Thompson in Derry

By Cate McCurry

A coroner has appealed for two women who may have 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 Londonderry Courthouse on October 27.

The Coroner, Mr Patrick McGurgan, yesterday issued an appeal for witnesses who have yet to come forward to contact his office before October 20 via Legacy@courtsni.gsi.gov.uk or telephone 028 9044 6829.

"The Coroner is particularly interested to hear from two girls, who may have stood on the wall of the fence at the home of Kathleen Thompson on the night in question," the Coroner's office said in a statement. "Mr Patrick Thompson (Kathleen's husband) may have spoken to these two girls."

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