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Thread: HET Finds Soldier Fabricated 'Russian Roulette' Story After Killing Derry Woman

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    Default HET Finds Soldier Fabricated 'Russian Roulette' Story After Killing Derry Woman

    Yet another example of the double-standards that applied in the application of justice here. Bernadette Friel, who was 22, was shot at the home of a British soldier in Derry in 1975 (it is unclear whether he was serving at the time). Though investigating police recommended a murder prosecution her killer was instead charged with manslaughter. He served eight months in prison. A co-accused was given a conditional discharge for possession of weapons.

    UTV News - Soldier lied about 'Russian Roulette' killing - HET

    It was recently revealed that legal authorities connived with the military to ensure army personnel could not be charged with murder for killing people while on-duty. This case suggests that such immunity extended to those off-duty as well.
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    Looks like B.C. is back under yet another assumed name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by What about View Post
    Why would the sectarian RUC be siding with a dead catholic over a fellow member of the British security services?
    Read the post again. It was the DPP who failed to prosecute for murder despite the police recommendation.

    Also worth noting that the killer remained in army custody for several hours before being handed over to the RUC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scipio View Post
    Looks like B.C. is back under yet another assumed name.
    Well spotted

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    BBC report

    "The family would like to thank the soldier who comforted Bernadette at the scene. We will be writing to him through the HET."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruimh View Post
    One British soldier comforted a dying woman. Another killed her. And somebody somewhere ensured he wasn't charged with murder.

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    It seems questionable just how much the RUC wanted this british soldier charged with anything.

    The report also says the investigation into the shooting was flawed.

    No fingerprints were taken and the scene wasn't cordoned off.
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    Whole thing stinks to the highest. No inquest was held.

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    It certainly does. It's claimed the RUC wanted him charged with murder, though they didn't treat the scene as a crime scene.

    Also from the UTV link
    Police had found an arsenal of weapons in the property and Senior RUC commanders recommended that Ramsay be prosecuted for murder.
    No mention of the RUC wanting this british soldier charged with arms offences.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    It certainly does. It's claimed the RUC wanted him charged with murder, though they didn't treat the scene as a crime scene.

    Also from the UTV link

    No mention of the RUC wanting this british soldier charged with arms offences.
    He actually got two years for the arms, served a total of eight months and got away with murder despite admitting to firing the fatal shot.

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