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From top: James Wray, William McKinney; statement from DPP of Northern Ireland

“It has been concluded that there is sufficient available evidence to prosecute one former soldier, Soldier F, for the murder of James Wray and William McKinney; and for the attempted murders of Joseph Friel, Michael Quinn, Joe Mahon and Patrick O’Donnell.

“In respect of the other 18 suspects, including 16 former soldiers and two alleged Official IRA members, it has been concluded that the available evidence is insufficient to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction.”

The Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland, Stephen Herron, this morning.

Pic via Judith Hill

Earlier: Meanwhile, In Derry


This morning…

William McKinney’s brother, Mickey McKinney said:

“We’d like to remind everyone that no prosecution or, if it comes to it, no conviction, does not mean ‘not guilty’.

“It does not mean that no crime was committed, it does not mean that those soldiers acted in a dignified and appropriate way.

“It simply means that if these crimes had been investigated properly when they happened and evidence gathered at the time then the outcome would have been different.

“We know that Lord Saville’s report’s findings on the actions of soldiers that day, that all the casualties were either intended targets of the soldiers or the results of shots fired indiscriminately at people.

“That no soliders fired in response to attacks or threatened attacks, that no soldiers fired in a state of panic, and that soldiers opened fire either in the belief that no one, an area toward which they respectively fired, was posing a threat or causing death or serious injury… or not anyone there was posing such a threat.

“These are not the sort of comments levelled at innocent people.

“The passage of time makes charges difficult in this case and in other cases. But the passage of time should not be used as a form of blanket immunity to block proper investigations.”

William McKinney, an amateur photographer, was aged 27 and engaged to be married when he was killed at the civil rights march on January 30, 1972.

He was at the Bloody Sunday march to capture it on a camera he received as a Christmas present. The Derry Journal printer was shot while he ran for cover.

James Wray was 22 and also engaged to be married when he died.

He and his family attended the march after going to mass.

James, who worked in a bar and a dancehall, was also shot while he ran for cover.

The Saville report found James was shot twice in the back and that the second shot was probably fired as he lay wounded.

Bloody Sunday: The Victims (BBC)