Dennis Hutchings – let down by the MoD

Former veterans minister Johnny Mercer will challenge the UK Government on behalf of Troubles soldiers claiming pledges to protect veterans have been broken.
The MP accused his government of a “complete betrayal” of veterans, the Daily Mail has reported.
The Plymouth Moor View MP and former army captain has lodged a witness statement in support of Dennis Hutchings (80), who has been accused of attempting to murder John Patrick Cunningham on June 15, 1974, in Co Tyrone.
Former soldier Mr Hutchings, from Cawsand in Cornwall, denies attempting to murder, or attempting to cause grievous bodily harm, to Mr Cunningham. His trial is scheduled to begin in Belfast on October 4.
Commenting on the case, Hilary Meredith, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors and Visiting Professor of Law and Veterans’ Affairs at the University of Chester said:
“Yet again the MoD has failed our service men and women by making promises that they were unable or unwilling to keep.

“In the 1970’s those who served in Northern Ireland were ‘compelled’ to make statements of fact after ever incident. They were advised to ‘tell the truth’ – on the basis that they would not be prosecuted if they did.

“Time and time again systemic failings by the MoD go unchecked. Who made the decision that serving men and women should be encouraged to make statements, waiving their right to legal advice, that could potentially incriminate them?”