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Thread: British Govt expresses "deep regret" that Aidan McAnespie was killed by a ricochet

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    Default British Govt expresses "deep regret" that Aidan McAnespie was killed by a ricochet

    So why did you do it? Do you still not have the guts to say? You still claim it was an accident, a ricochet.



    Woodward meets family of Aidan McAnespie // Northern Ireland Office // Media Centre / Media Detail

    Woodward meets family of Aidan McAnespie
    Monday 27 July 2009

    Following a meeting with the family of Aidan McAnespie, Secretary of State Shaun Woodward said:

    “I have had the privilege of meeting with Aidan’s family having now had the opportunity of reading the HET report following their request that I should see it.”

    “On behalf of the British Government, the Northern Ireland Secretary and the Defence Secretary recognise the pain and suffering of the McAnespie family. It is a matter of deep regret that Aidan was killed by a bullet fired by a soldier which ricocheted from the road.

    “It is not for the Government either to accept or comment on the specific HET findings; however in overall terms the Government endorses its work and has confidence in the HET’s professionalism and thoroughness.

    “Since part of the objectives of the HET is to bring solace and comfort to families and loved ones, we hope this will be the case for Aidan’s family.”

    aidan McAnespie, Shaun Woodward, HET

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    So if it was an accident, which you dont accept, what do you expect them to say? Standard fare.

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    Maybe it was an accident the only man who knows for sure is the man that did it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamirer View Post
    So if it was an accident, which you dont accept, what do you expect them to say? Standard fare.
    If it was an accident then I will accept that.

    However, the people set up to investigate the incident, the PSNI Historical Enquiries Team, determined that an accident was the "least likely version" of what happened. This has been ignored by Shaun Woodward in his statement.

    (Link - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/n...nd/7471825.stm)

    As you can see from the above statement the British Govt are refusing to comment on what the PSNI Historical Enquiries Team have said thus fudging the issue.
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    I remember this event and didnt the soldier claim his finger slipped?
    An excuse which was rubbished by experts who said that it was practically impossible for a finger to slip and exert enough pressure on the trigger of that weapon to make it fire.
    Then you add to the fact that the soldier would have had to aim at his victim and these daft excuses just look plain bizarre.

    These soldiers were regularly harassing and threatening this young lad before the murdered him.
    According to his sister, British soldiers had threatened to kill him on several occasions.

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    The day after the killing, the Irish Government appointed Garda Deputy Commissioner Eugene Crowley to investigate the incident.The results of the investigation were received by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Gerry Collins on 8 April 1988, but have never been published.

    In October 2008, a Police Service of Northern Ireland investigation concluded that "the likelihood of a British Army's version of events is so remote that it should be disregarded." The report stated that the gun required 9lbs of pressure to pull the trigger, and that the soldier's account of the events were highly unlikely. It further stated that the chances of this combined with hitting McAnespie by accident as "so remote as to be virtually disregarded".

    Its disgusting that a murderer's lies should be used by Sean Woodward before the truth about this murder.
    Even a bullying murdering scumbag still gets more respect than the mans family, because the scumbag murderer was Brit soldier.
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    Really, after all this time, are there people out there who believe it was an accident?

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    I think the truth is that they dont care if it was an accident or not, so they have no problem backing up the murderer.
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    Well indeed I remember Aiden's murder. Even for the British army it was particularily low and cowardly. Maybe some of you are too young, but it was clearly murder. Still, the local Provos stiffed a few brits in revenge in the following months

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    Theres only two things that could have happened.

    1. After harassing this man for months the soldier took a shot at him in anger, probobly after the bullies were told to f* off by the young man.

    2. The soldiers were so hell bent on intimidating this man that they tried to fire a shot next to him which ended up killing him.

    Either way its murder when you fire a gun at someone, a gun is a deadly weapon.
    There was no reason to be firing any shots anywhere at the time, the soldier aimed towards him and fired a shot - murder.
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    Also remember that british soldiers were advised to fire shots to bounce off the road so they could claim they hit their target by "accident". The richochet will not greatly alter the trajectory.

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