Inquest into Manus Deery’s death names solider who fired shot that killed him

 

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The name of a soldier, who fired a shot that killed a Derry teenager in 1972, has been officially released for the first time.

15 year old Manus Deery was killed close to his home after a soldier fired from the city walls.

The soldier maintained that it was a gunman he was firing at. He said he missed the gunman and the stray bullet killed the boy.

A new inquest into the death of Manus Derry identified the soldier as William Glasgow.

The Deery family have always believed the teenager was unlawfully killed.

The jury in the original inquest in July 1973 returned an open verdict and in 2012 the Attorney General, John Larkin, ordered new inquest into Manus Deery's death but it was later delayed.

Today the counsel for the coroner's court in Derry said the soldier, who is now dead, was no longer entitled to anonymity.

He said soldier "A" could be identified as a Mr William Glasgow.

However another soldier, called soldier "B", cannot be named for legal reasons and is due to appear on Thursday.

The court also heard that a Special Branch assessment of Manus Deery found he was not known to be involved in terrorist activity.

Civilian witnesses with the teenager said he was unarmed at the time he was killed.

The inquest is expected to last for two weeks.