Belfast Telegraph

DPP afraid of the truth, claim family of tragic teen Daniel Hegarty shot by soldier in 1972

By Eamonn MacDermott

The family of a Londonderry youth shot dead by a soldier during Operation Motorman in 1972 have said the prosecuting authorities "are afraid of the truth".

The family of Daniel Hegarty were speaking as they launched their latest attempt to overturn a decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) not to prosecute the soldier who shot their brother on July 31, 1972.

Daniel, who was 15 at the time, was shot dead by a soldier who later claimed he had acted in self-defence.

Daniel's sister Margaret Brady said: "I have always said I would see Daniel's case in court and I am determined to do that. I told the DPP when we met him that I would see him in court and if that is what it takes to get justice for my brother then so be it.

"The truth is staring them in the face and that is what they are trying to hide from - the truth.

"We cannot forget the past and for us the past is our present. They robbed my parents of their only son, they robbed us of our brother, they robbed him of his good name, and for the past 44 years they have been hiding from the truth."

Ms Brady hit out at politicians who she said were only interested in uncovering "their own injustices".

She said: "Sinn Fein and the rest of them all want justice for this or that of their own but when it comes to ordinary people they tell us to be quiet for the sake of the future.

"Well to us this is the past, the present and the future.

"We need justice for our brother, he was murdered that day and the soldiers lied and covered it up. We will not let it rest."

Margaret and sisters Philomena Conaghan and Kathleen Deveney have, through their solicitor Desmond Doherty, written to the DPP demanding a review of the decision not to prosecute.

In their letter they say that following a fresh inquest into the death, there was new evidence that should have been considered and that a review of the decision not to prosecute should be undertaken by someone other than the DPP.

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