Killing of unarmed IRA man Seamus Bradley by British soldier in 1972 was ‘unjustified’, rules coroner

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THE killing by a British soldier of an unarmed IRA man as he ran across a field was ­unjustified, a coroner ruled yesterday.

The 1972 shooting of 19-year-old Seamus Bradley has been ­disputed ever since.

The shooting of Seamus Bradley in 1972 has been disputed ever since it happened
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The shooting of Seamus Bradley in 1972 has been disputed ever since it happened[/caption]

He was killed by an unknown Royal Scots Regiment soldier in an operation to end no-go zones in Londonderry.

The Army claimed he was in a tree and suffered further ­injuries as he fell but his family alleged he was taken away and killed during an interrogation.

Coroner judge Patrick Kinney rejected both versions at Belfast coroner’s court.

He said Mr Bradley was shot by a soldier who got out of an armoured carrier and fired several times.

He said Mr Bradley “had no weapon”.


The soldier, if he is ever identified, could face a criminal probe for breaching the Army’s “yellow card” rules about when they could shoot.

The coroner said he would send a report to Northern Ireland’s director of public prosecutions.

Outside court Mr Bradley’s brother Danny said: “I am happy with the verdict. I am happy that I went forward, even with threats from the IRA, and got this situation heard.”

Bradleys brother Danny said he was happy with the judges verdict
Seamus Bradley’s brother Danny said he was ‘happy’ with the judges verdict
Danny carried a photograph of his brother's body with him
Danny carried a photograph of his brother’s body with him
Danny hugged sisters Martina Davis and May McDaid outside the court
Danny hugged sisters Martina Davis and May McDaid outside the court

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