Hilary Meredith welcomes decision to drop Troubles cases against ex-soldiers

Two Army veterans facing murder charges from the Northern Ireland Troubles, including on Bloody Sunday in 1972, will now not face trial.

The cases involve individuals known as Soldier F and Soldier B.

Soldier F was to be prosecuted over the deaths of James Wray and William McKinney on Bloody Sunday. He also faced five counts of attempted murder.

The case against Soldier B relates to the death of 15-year-old Daniel Hegarty, who was shot twice in the head in Londonderry in July 1972. It also relates to the wounding of his cousin, Christopher.

Commenting on developments, Hilary Meredith, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors and Visiting Professor of Law and Veterans’ Affairs the University of Chester said:

“This is welcome result, although proceedings should never have got this far, or happened, in the first place.

“The MoD has a lot to answer for – as with the IHAT cases they are not protecting their own.

“Through systemic failings which go right to the heart of MoD, Whitehall and the Government, brave veterans are being wrongly pursued through the courts for doing what they were trained to do – protect us from harm.”