10 innocent people shot without justification at Ballymurphy, coroner finds

12 Mai, 2021, 04:42 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Family members seen here in 2019 will hear the inquest verdict today.                     Image Liam McBurney

There was applause within the courtroom as she made that pronouncement.

She said the shootings had been a violation of Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights - the right to life protected by law. His death was not included in the fresh inquests.

Parish priest Father Hugh Mullan (38) and Frank Quinn (19) were shot in the Springfield Park area of Ballymurphy at around 9pm on August 9.

A mother of eight and a Catholic priest were among those who died in August 1971 in events.

(Top row L to R) Joseph Corr, Daniel Teggart, Eddie Doherty, Father Hugh Mullan, Frank Quinn, Paddy McCarthy, (Bottom row, L to R) Joan Connolly, John McKerr, Noel Philips, John Laverty and Joseph Murphy were shot dead in Ballymurphy in 1971.

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The coroner ruled that the use of force in shooting Mr Doherty was disproportionate.

The Government will carefully consider the extensive findings set out by the Coroner, but it is clear that those who died were entirely innocent of wrongdoing.

In the fourth incident, on the third day of shooting, Joseph Corr (43) and John Laverty (20) were shot in the Whiterock Road area in the early hours of the morning.

The British Army reported a gun battle with terrorists at Ballymurphy and while there was evidence of some paramilitary activity, the dead were not armed.

In the fifth incident, former soldier John McKerr, 49, was shot later that morning in Westrock Drive, close to Corpus Christi Church, as he took a break from maintenance work. He died from his injuries on August 20th.

But they come on the very day the government confirmed plans to introduce legislation to address Northern Ireland's past. I pay tribute to the great patience with which their families have conducted themselves during their determined campaign, which has lasted nearly 50 years.

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