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Dennis Hutchings case has taken almost 50 years to come to court, but accused and victim’s family know it could well be the last of its kind

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Dennis Hutchings, along with Johnny Mercer (left), former British Army officer and MP. Credit: PA

Dennis Hutchings, along with Johnny Mercer (left), former British Army officer and MP. Credit: PA

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Army veteran Dennis Hutchings with Conservative MP Johnny Mercer and DUP MP Carla Lockhart

Army veteran Dennis Hutchings with Conservative MP Johnny Mercer and DUP MP Carla Lockhart

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Dennis Hutchings, along with Johnny Mercer (left), former British Army officer and MP. Credit: PA

It is a case almost 50 years old, while almost six years have passed since former soldier Dennis Hutchings was charged with the attempted murder of John Pat Cunningham.

So it was hardly any great surprise that, despite being scheduled to start in Court 15 of Belfast Crown Court at 10.30am, the case was delayed for a further hour on Monday.


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