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Family to receive £300k from MoD for shooting of father on Bloody Sunday

Paul Doherty, with a framed photo of his father Paddy Doherty, who was shot from behind while in a crawling posture on the ground near Rossville Flats on Bloody Sunday. Four of Mr Doherty’s children were in court yesterday for the settlement by the Ministry of Defence
Paul Doherty, with a framed photo of his father Paddy Doherty, who was shot from behind while in a crawling posture on the ground near Rossville Flats on Bloody Sunday. Four of Mr Doherty’s children were in court yesterday for the settlement by the Ministry of Defence

By Alan Erwin

The family of a steward shot dead by a soldier during the civil rights march on Bloody Sunday is to receive more than £300,000 in compensation.

The settlement announced at the High Court yesterday covers financial loss over the death of married father-of-six Paddy Doherty in Londonderry in January 1972.

A further claim against the Ministry of Defence for aggravated damages remains unresolved.

Mr Doherty (31) was among 13 people killed when members of the Parachute Regiment opened fire on unarmed civilians in the city. He was shot from behind while prone on the ground close to the Rossville Flats.

In 2010 the Saville Inquiry into the events on Bloody Sunday established the innocence of all those killed and wounded.

Those findings led to the Prime Minister at the time, David Cameron, issuing a public apology for the soldiers' "unjustifiable" actions.

More than £2m has already been paid out in settlements and awards made in other actions against the MoD on behalf of those bereaved or injured.

With liability accepted in all cases, proceedings brought by Mr Doherty's relatives centred on the level of damages.

In court yesterday Brian Fee QC, for the family, told Mr Justice McAlinden: "We have agreed the financial loss aspect, the figure is £307,324."

The aggravated damages claim was adjourned pending the outcome of an MoD appeal against an earlier award of £15,000 for injury to the feelings of another man who died on Bloody Sunday, 41-year-old Bernard 'Barney' McGuigan.

According to the Saville Inquiry report Mr Doherty had been in a crawling posture when shot by Lance Corporal F.

Four of the dead man's children were present for the settlement in the action.

Outside court the family's solicitor, Fearghal Shiels of Madden & Finucane, said they were relieved this part of their case was now over.

But he added: "The circumstances of their father's death should not be forgotten.

"Paddy Doherty was shot from behind, attempting to crawl to safety from Army gunfire when, as the Saville Inquiry concluded, he was shot without justification by Soldier F.

"Today represents a total vindication of his innocence."

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