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Soldier F: 25 civilian witnesses to be called in Bloody Sunday murder trial

Soldier F is charged with the murder of William McKinney (left) and James Wray on Bloody Sunday
Soldier F is charged with the murder of William McKinney (left) and James Wray on Bloody Sunday

By Leona O’Neill

The case of Bloody Sunday veteran Soldier F has been adjourned until the new year to give legal representatives time to co-ordinate the 25 civilian witnesses which will be called to give evidence.

The case of the former paratrooper, who faces two murder charges in relation to the deaths of William McKinney and Jim Wray and five counts of attempted murder, was in front of Judge Peter Magill on Friday morning at Londonderry Magistrates' Court.

Thirteen people died on January 30, 1972 when members of the Parachute Regiment opened fire on a civil rights march in the city’s Bogside on what later became known as Bloody Sunday. Another man died later from injuries sustained on the day.

Soldier F, who is now in his 60s, was not at Bishop Street Courthouse for the second listing, but was instead represented by his legal team. Judge Magill said that it was not necessary for him to appear in January’s hearing either.

Soldier F’s barrister Mark Mulholland QC is to challenge any decision to send his client for trial.

The soldier’s anonymity remains in place by court order, an order that Bloody Sunday family solicitor Ciaran Shields, from Madden and Finucane Solicitors says he is challenging.

“We have formally given notice that we are challenging the anonymity order that has been granted to Soldier F,” he said.

30th January 1972: An armed soldier and a protestor on Bloody Sunday when British Paratroopers shot dead 13 civilians on a civil rights march.
30th January 1972: An armed soldier and a protestor on Bloody Sunday when British Paratroopers shot dead 13 civilians on a civil rights march.
Hugh Gilmore (third left) seen clutching his stomach as he is shot during Bloody Sunday.
A young Fr Edward Daly (now Bishop Daly) carries a blood-soaked hankie as he leads a group of men trying desperately to carry John 'Jackie' Duddy to safety. Duddy (17) was the first fatality of Bloody Sunday after being shot from behind by paratroopers
Paddy Doherty, who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
A scene showing a British paratrooper near Glenfada Park in Derry where Bloody Sunday took place.
William McKinney, killed on Bloody Sunday.
Lt Col Derek Wilford, the former commander of the members of the Parachute Regiment involved in the Bloody Sunday shootings
A protest parade in was staged in Londonderry in January to mark the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday
Hugh Gilmore who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
St Mary's Church, on the Creggan Estate, during the Requiem Mass for the 13 who died on 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry.
Michael McDaid who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
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Soldiers taking cover behind their sandbagged armoured cars during Bloody Sunday
Lord Chief Justice, Lord Widgery in his room at the Old Bailey as he looks through his report on the "Bloody Sunday" shootings
Jim Wray who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
John Young who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
William McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Kevin McElhinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Gerard McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Gerald Donaghey who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Alana Burke who was eighteen when she was run over by an armoured personnel carrier on Bloody Sunday.
Bloody Sunday. January 1972
Patrick Doherty who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Bloody Sunday. Funeral. Mrs Ita McKinney, 9 months pregnant cries behind the hearse carrying her husband James from St Mary's, Creggan. 2/2/1972.
Michael Kelly who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Scenes from 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry, Northern Ireland
A man receiving attention during the shooting incident in Londonderry, which became known as Bloody Sunday
Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972
Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972
JAMES WRAY IN HIS HOME IN THE BOGSIDE DERRY HOLDING THE COAT WITH BULLIET HOLES IN THAT HIS SON ALSO CALLED JAMES WRAY WAS KILLED ON BLOODY SUNDAY
Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972
The start of a grim day in Derry. Civil Rights marchers make their way through Creggan. They defied a Government ban and headed for Guildhall Square, but were stopped by the Army in William Street. 31/1/1972
Bloody Sunday 1972
Linda Nash carries flowers with the number 14 inscribed during yesterdays annual Bloody Sunday Parade in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12
A memorial to those killed on Bloody Sunday in the Bogside area of Derry
The memorial to the 14 people who died on Bloody Sunday in Derry rises from among the sea of umbrellas as all the families came together in an ecumenical service. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights mark.The service included contributions from Father Michael Canny and Reverend David Latimer, left. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12

“The PPS have issued a holding response, but they will be providing a settled, written position on that in due course. We wrote to the PPS two days ago on behalf of the families.”

The families sat quietly in the public gallery of Court Room Four as proceedings played out. After filing out of the court and onto the street, many of them embraced one another before parting ways.

The next hearing will take place at Londonderry Magistrates' Court on January 17.

Motorcyclists at the Stormont buildings in Belfast take part in the Rolling Thunder ride protest to support of Soldier F, who is facing prosecution over Bloody Sunday. Press: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Motorcyclists at the Stormont buildings in Belfast take part in the Rolling Thunder ride protest to support of Soldier F, who is facing prosecution over Bloody Sunday. Press: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Motorcyclists ride across Westminster Bridge in central London on April 12, 2019, during a protest against the Bloody Sunday prosecution of Soldier F and in support of all Veterans. - A former British soldier faces murder charges of two people after troops opened fire on civil rights demonstrators on Bloody Sunday in Londonderry in 1972. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP)NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
Motorcyclists ride through the streets of central London on April 12, 2019, during a protest against the Bloody Sunday prosecution of Soldier F and in support of all Veterans. - A former British soldier faces murder charges of two people after troops opened fire on civil rights demonstrators on Bloody Sunday in Londonderry in 1972. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP)NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
A motorcyclist rides past police officers in central London on April 12, 2019, during a protest against the Bloody Sunday prosecution of Soldier F and in support of all Veterans. - A former British soldier faces murder charges of two people after troops opened fire on civil rights demonstrators on Bloody Sunday in Londonderry in 1972. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP)NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
Motorcyclists gather after riding in a protest against the Bloody Sunday prosecution of Soldier F and in support of all Veterans, in central London on April 12, 2019. - A former British soldier faces murder charges of two people after troops opened fire on civil rights demonstrators on Bloody Sunday in Londonderry in 1972. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP)NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
Motorcyclists gather after riding in a protest against the Bloody Sunday prosecution of Soldier F and in support of all Veterans, in central London on April 12, 2019. - A former British soldier faces murder charges of two people after troops opened fire on civil rights demonstrators on Bloody Sunday in Londonderry in 1972. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP)NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
A motorcyclist displays a badge on his jacket dedicated to Veterans, in central London on April 12, 2019, during a protest against the Bloody Sunday prosecution of Soldier F and in support of all Veterans. - A former British soldier faces murder charges of two people after troops opened fire on civil rights demonstrators on Bloody Sunday in Londonderry in 1972. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP)NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
Motorcyclists ride through the streets of central London on April 12, 2019, during a protest against the Bloody Sunday prosecution of Soldier F and in support of all Veterans. - A former British soldier faces murder charges of two people after troops opened fire on civil rights demonstrators on Bloody Sunday in Londonderry in 1972. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP)NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
Motorcyclists ride during a protest against the Bloody Sunday prosecution of Soldier F and in support of all Veterans, in central London on April 12, 2019. - A former British soldier faces murder charges of two people after troops opened fire on civil rights demonstrators on Bloody Sunday in Londonderry in 1972. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP)NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
Scooterists ride through the streets of central London on April 12, 2019, during a protest against the Bloody Sunday prosecution of Soldier F and in support of all Veterans. - A former British soldier faces murder charges of two people after troops opened fire on civil rights demonstrators on Bloody Sunday in Londonderry in 1972. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP)NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
Motorcyclists ride through the streets of central London on April 12, 2019, during a protest against the Bloody Sunday prosecution of Soldier F and in support of all Veterans. - A former British soldier faces murder charges of two people after troops opened fire on civil rights demonstrators on Bloody Sunday in Londonderry in 1972. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP)NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
A motorcyclist displays a badge on his jacket dedicated to Veterans, in central London on April 12, 2019, during a protest against the Bloody Sunday prosecution of Soldier F and in support of all Veterans. - A former British soldier faces murder charges of two people after troops opened fire on civil rights demonstrators on Bloody Sunday in Londonderry in 1972. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP)NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
Motorcyclists ride across Westminster Bridge in central London on April 12, 2019, during a protest against the Bloody Sunday prosecution of Soldier F and in support of all Veterans. - A former British soldier faces murder charges of two people after troops opened fire on civil rights demonstrators on Bloody Sunday in Londonderry in 1972. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP)NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
A motorcyclist displays a badge on his jacket dedicated to Veterans, in central London on April 12, 2019, during a protest against the Bloody Sunday prosecution of Soldier F and in support of all Veterans. - A former British soldier faces murder charges of two people after troops opened fire on civil rights demonstrators on Bloody Sunday in Londonderry in 1972. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP)NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
Motorcyclists take part in the Rolling Thunder ride protest in Belfast, riding toward the Stormont buildings, to support of Soldier F who is facing prosecution over Bloody Sunday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 12, 2019. Soldier F is to be charged with murdering two people after troops opened fire on civil rights demonstrators in Londonderry in 1972. A similar protest of an estimated 20,000 riders is taking place in London. See PA story ULSTER Sunday. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Motorcyclists at the Stormont buildings in Belfast take part in the Rolling Thunder protest to support of Soldier F, who is facing prosecution over Bloody Sunday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 12, 2019. Soldier F is to be charged with murdering two people after troops opened fire on civil rights demonstrators in Londonderry in 1972. A similar protest of an estimated 20,000 riders is taking place in London. See PA story ULSTER Sunday. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Motorcyclists take part in the Rolling Thunder ride protest in Belfast, riding toward the Stormont buildings, to support of Soldier F who is facing prosecution over Bloody Sunday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 12, 2019. Soldier F is to be charged with murdering two people after troops opened fire on civil rights demonstrators in Londonderry in 1972. A similar protest of an estimated 20,000 riders is taking place in London. See PA story ULSTER Sunday. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Motorcyclists at the Stormont buildings in Belfast take part in the Rolling Thunder ride protest to support of Soldier F, who is facing prosecution over Bloody Sunday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 12, 2019. Soldier F is to be charged with murdering two people after troops opened fire on civil rights demonstrators in Londonderry in 1972. A similar protest of an estimated 20,000 riders is taking place in London. See PA story ULSTER Sunday. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Motorcyclists at the Stormont buildings in Belfast take part in the Rolling Thunder ride protest to support of Soldier F, who is facing prosecution over Bloody Sunday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 12, 2019. Soldier F is to be charged with murdering two people after troops opened fire on civil rights demonstrators in Londonderry in 1972. A similar protest of an estimated 20,000 riders is taking place in London. See PA story ULSTER Sunday. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Motorcyclists take part in the Rolling Thunder ride protest arrive in Parliament Square, London (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

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