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


picador

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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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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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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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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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Having researched this story ,I would find it deplorable/shocking if somebody has killed this girl and got off with it,sympathy to the family .
 
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