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Doug Beattie: ‘Accidentally shooting my friend was a harrowing experience... I looked on in pure horror'

Doug Beattie MC (55) is an Ulster Unionist MLA for Upper Bann. The retired Army captain is married to Margaret and has a grown-up daughter and son, Leigh and Luke. He talks about his difficult childhood, accidentally shooting a friend as a teenager, the toll his Army career took on personal relationships and Prince Harry's decision to step away from Royal duties.

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Doug Beattie MC UUP MLA for Upper Bann - Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Doug Beattie MC UUP MLA for Upper Bann - Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

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Doug Beattie MC UUP MLA for Upper Bann - Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Doug Beattie MC UUP MLA for Upper Bann - Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

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Doug Beattie

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Doug Beattie MC UUP MLA for Upper Bann - Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Ulster Unionist MLA Doug Beattie MC (55) is a retired Army captain

Q You suffered such deep trauma as a teenager that it has impacted your long-term memory. Tell me about the murder of your uncle Samuel.

A My father, William but known as Bob, was in the Ulster Rifles. When I was 10, he left the military and we moved back from England to Edgarstown, a working class area of Portadown. I'm the youngest of three brothers and three sisters. I'd no idea what the Troubles were about but shortly after we came back to Northern Ireland my brother and uncle came to the door and told my mother that her brother Samuel had been murdered. I remember watching my mother wailing and falling to her knees and not understanding what was going on but realising my mother had been touched by this awful crime.


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