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    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-44532887


    A soldier is to be charged with manslaughter by gross negligence over the 1988 killing of a Catholic man at an Army checkpoint.
    Aidan McAnespie, 23, was hit by one of three bullets fired from a machine gun in Aughnacloy, County Tyrone. He was on his way to a Gaelic football match.
    The soldier who fired the shots was initially charged with manslaughter, but the charge was dropped in 1990.


    Absolutely ridiculous decision, after all this time, especially as they were out there to do a job.
    How about prosecuting all the terrorists, who accidentally let off bombs in NI

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      A soldier is to be charged with manslaughter by gross negligence over the 1988 killing of a Catholic man at an Army checkpoint.
      Aidan McAnespie, 23, was hit by one of three bullets fired from a machine gun in Aughnacloy, County Tyrone. He was on his way to a Gaelic football match.
      The soldier who fired the shots was initially charged with manslaughter, but the charge was dropped in 1990.


      Absolutely ridiculous decision, after all this time, especially as they were out there to do a job.
      How about prosecuting all the terrorists, who accidentally let off bombs in NI
      Agree, particularly given that the Army dealt with the incident at the time, and the soldier was fined and then discharged. Also the soldier (if I have read the report correctly) was 18 at the time, what will be achieved 30 years on.
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      Agree, particularly given that the Army dealt with the incident at the time, and the soldier was fined and then discharged. Also the soldier (if I have read the report correctly) was 18 at the time, what will be achieved 30 years on.
      Yes - he'd have been just 18 (it was 1988 and the report states he is 48 now). 'The army dealt with it at the time' is not enough for some - perhaps understandably? If they didn't trust the British forces actions, they were hardly going to accept an internal investigation into them.

      People are really quick to pass judgement on cases like this - I wouldn't have a clue what to think. From the report, the soldier accidentally fired three shots from his machine gun ('because his fingers were wet'), and one of those shots ricocheted into the victim?

      How easy is it to accidentally fire this gun? I guess that's important.
      The ricochet element presumably explains why the charge is manslaughter rather than murder - that his actions or negligence resulted in the man's death, but not deliberately so.

      Sad story for all concerned.
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      Let's hope he gets a fair hearing,as feelings still run very high over there!

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      A soldier is to be charged with manslaughter by gross negligence over the 1988 killing of a Catholic man at an Army checkpoint.
      Aidan McAnespie, 23, was hit by one of three bullets fired from a machine gun in Aughnacloy, County Tyrone. He was on his way to a Gaelic football match.
      The soldier who fired the shots was initially charged with manslaughter, but the charge was dropped in 1990.


      Absolutely ridiculous decision, after all this time, especially as they were out there to do a job.
      How about prosecuting all the terrorists, who accidentally let off bombs in NI
      Where does the man's religion play into this?

      If he had been a Scientologist who gave most of his money to a "church" in California and been shot and killed would there have been any outrage at all? His religion actually played no part in the killing except he was suspected of terrorism for being from a certain religious sect.
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      A soldier is to be charged with manslaughter by gross negligence over the 1988 killing of a Catholic man at an Army checkpoint.
      Aidan McAnespie, 23, was hit by one of three bullets fired from a machine gun in Aughnacloy, County Tyrone. He was on his way to a Gaelic football match.
      The soldier who fired the shots was initially charged with manslaughter, but the charge was dropped in 1990.


      Absolutely ridiculous decision, after all this time, especially as they were out there to do a job.
      How about prosecuting all the terrorists, who accidentally let off bombs in NI
      Absurd. Agree.
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      Why can't he be given immunity like all the other terrorists were who deliberately murdered people ?
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      Why can't he be given immunity like all the other terrorists were who deliberately murdered people ?
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      Yes - he'd have been just 18 (it was 1988 and the report states he is 48 now). 'The army dealt with it at the time' is not enough for some - perhaps understandably? If they didn't trust the British forces actions, they were hardly going to accept an internal investigation into them.

      People are really quick to pass judgement on cases like this - I wouldn't have a clue what to think. From the report, the soldier accidentally fired three shots from his machine gun ('because his fingers were wet'), and one of those shots ricocheted into the victim?

      How easy is it to accidentally fire this gun? I guess that's important.
      The ricochet element presumably explains why the charge is manslaughter rather than murder - that his actions or negligence resulted in the man's death, but not deliberately so.

      Sad story for all concerned.
      Do you not think he should have immunity like the terrorists ?
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      Do you not think he should have immunity like the terrorists ?
      Both sides should have had immunity as part of the peace agreement.
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