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Soldier F set for Londonderry court appearance in September

Bishop Street Courthouse in Derry
Bishop Street Courthouse in Derry
The Free Derry Corner gable wall in the centre of the Bogside

A date has been listed for the hearing of Soldier F, who is accused of the murder of two men and the attempted murder of four others on Bloody Sunday.

He will appear in court on Wednesday September 18 at Bishop Street Courthouse in Londonderry.

"Outstanding material that was required from the PSNI to finalise the court papers has now been received by the PPS," said Ciaran Shiels, solicitor for Madden & Finucane who represent the families of several of those injured and killed on Bloody Sunday.

They also represent the family of William McKinney, who Soldier F is accused of murdering. He is also accused of murdering James Wray.

"We understand that those papers are now being finalised and will be served on the former soldier’s defence lawyers. At this stage it is not known if Lance Corporal “F” intends to challenge the prosecution evidence at Committal," said Mr Shiels.

"We understand that there will be a further update from the PPS in this regard closer to the hearing. We have been further advised that arrangements are in place to facilitate the attendance of family members and victims by the NI court service.”

Thirteen people were killed on Bloody Sunday, January 30, 1972 and a 14th victim died of related injuries months later.

Soldier F has also been accused of the attempted murder of four other civil rights protesters in Derry, Patrick O'Donnell, Michael Quinn, Joseph Friel and Joseph Mahon.

He is the only member of the armed forces to face prosecution for his actions that day following an announcement in March.

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) has confirmed the plan in a letter to relatives of those allegedly shot by the former paratrooper.

Since the announcement that Soldier F would be prosecuted banners in support have appeared in loyalist areas across Northern Ireland.

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