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Farmer shot in cold blood by Army ‘exonerated’

A farmer shot dead in cold blood by the Army during the Northern Ireland conflict has been exonerated, his family said. Paddy McElhone, 24, died instantly near his home in Pomeroy, Co Tyrone, in 1974 after he was fired on by a soldier from the First Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Wales. A judge ruled the discharge of a single shot from behind through the heart was unjustified and against the military’s rule book on engagements.

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