Posted on January 25, 2019
A solicitor for the soldier, known as Soldier N, last week informed prosecutors in Northern Ireland of his death. Thirteen people were shot dead when members of the Army’s Parachute Regiment opened fire on civil rights demonstrators in Londonderry in 1972. In an email received by some of the Bloody Sunday relatives, which the BBC has seen, the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) said: “We received word last week from Soldier N’s solicitor that Soldier N had recently died.
“We don’t have any reason to doubt the information we’ve been given but I had directed the police to get some formal proof of that (a death certificate) and was waiting on that before alerting the families.
Kate Nash, whose 19-year-old brother, William, was killed on Bloody Sunday, told BBC News NI she was disappointed at the news of Soldier N’s death. “If you walked in our shoes, you would realise how important justice is, not just to us, but to everybody,” said Ms Nash. “My brother, by not receiving justice, is being treated as worthless, which he is not.” Eighteen ex-paratroopers have been reported to the PPS over the killings and the Bloody Sunday victims are currently waiting to hear if any will face charges.
A decision over whether to charge soldiers is expected at the end of February.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence said: “We don’t comment on individual cases”.