Sunday 25 September 2016

Former British soldier held in Bloody Sunday investigation

David Young

Published 11/11/2015 | 02:30

Father Edward Daly waves a blood-stained handkerchief on Bloody Sunday in Derry. A former British soldier is being questioned by detectives on suspicion of murdering three civil rights demonstrators that day.
Father Edward Daly waves a blood-stained handkerchief on Bloody Sunday in Derry. A former British soldier is being questioned by detectives on suspicion of murdering three civil rights demonstrators that day.

A former British soldier is being questioned by detectives on suspicion of murdering three civil rights demonstrators in Derry on Bloody Sunday.

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The 66-year-old ex-paratrooper, who was detained in Co Antrim yesterday, is the first person arrested by detectives investigating the deaths of the 14 people killed after the British army opened fire on crowds of protesters in Derry's Bogside in January 1972.

It is understood the man was arrested on suspicion of the murders of William Nash (19), John Young (17) and Michael McDaid (20), all of whom were shot dead on Rossville Street.

It is believed the former soldier is also being questioned about the attempted murder of William Nash's father, Alexander. Mr Nash came to the barrier to try to save his son, but was shot in the arm and body.

It is understood the soldier gave evidence to the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.

Kate Nash, William's sister, welcomed the development, saying: "We have always fought very hard to be treated equally within the justice system."

Irish Independent

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