PSNI to reinvestigate killing of Daniel Hegarty in Creggan 40 years ago

The Public Prosecution Service in the North has asked Chief Constable Matt Baggot to order4 out further investigations into the death of Derry teenager Daniel Hegarty in the Creggan in July 1972.

The 15 year old was shot twice in the head by a soldier close to his home during Operation Motorman.

In December of last year, an inquest jury unanimously found that Daniel Hegarty had posed no risk at the time he was shot. Next Tuesday marks the 40th anniversary of his death.

Following the inquest verdict, Northern Ireland's senior coroner asked the Public Prosecution Service to consider if the soldier who killed the teenager should be prosecuted. The PPS has now asked the PSNI to carry out further investigations.

Daniel Hegarty's sister Margaret Brady has welcomed the latest move, telling the BBC that the family's hope is that DPP and the chief constable don't drag their heels over it, and that they come back with the right decision.

Last year's inquest was the second into Daniel's death, qnd was ordered by the Attorney General in 2009 following an examination by the Historical Enquiries Team.

The report found that the initial RUC investigation into Daniel's death was "hopelessly inadequate and dreadful".