A dying Army veteran facing trial over a fatal shooting in Northern Ireland 46 years ago has said that he will bring a Judicial Review on the grounds that British veterans are suffering ‘discriminatory treatment’ by the criminal justice system, in an attempt to halt the controversial case.
Great-grandfather Dennis Hutchings, 78, is facing charges over the death of 27-year-old John-Pat Cunningham, who he suspected of being an IRA member, in June 1974.
Despite no fresh evidence, no witnesses and no new forensic leads, the retired soldier – cleared twice of the killing – has been accused of attempted murder.
It is beyond belief that the Government and MoD fails to stand behind our armed forces and protect them.
Where is the funding they promised for legal help and assistance? Why have they not stepped in to offer support?
I’m aware of the important legislation promised to protect these historic cases but I fear unless something can be done urgently it will be too late for Mr Hutchings.