Aidan McAnespie was shot dead by the British army near Aughnacloy, County Tyrone in February 1988
‘The PPS [Northern ireland Public Prosecution Service] have today confirmed that a solider of the Grenadier Guards will now face prosecution for manslaughter arising out of the unlawful killing of Aidan McAnespie.
Aidan McAnespie was shot dead by a soldier of the Grenadier Guards as he walked on the Aughnacloy Road, Co. Tyrone on 21st February 1988.
Mr McAnespie had just walked through a permanent vehicle check-point (PVCP) which was manned by the Grenadier Guards, when he was fatally wounded by one of three shots fired from a General Purpose Machine Gun located in one of the military sangers at the PVCP. He died at the scene.
KRW LAW LLP previously lodged representations with the Attorney General and Public Prosecution Service arising which duly prompted a review into the original decision not to prosecute. The PPS have today confirmed that on foot of the review, a decision has now been taken to prosecute.’
Statement from KRW LAW LLP on behalf of the family of Aidan McAnespie, this morning.