Soldier Might Be Charged Over 1988 Checkpoint Killing Informed By Email

Posted on June 19, 2018

Aidan McAnespie, 23, was hit by one of three bullets fired from a machine gun in Aughnacloy, County Tyrone as he walked through the checkpoint. He was on his way to a Gaelic football match.
David Jonathan Holden, 48, was informed of the intention to charge him on Tuesday morning via email.
Mr Holden, a former Grenadier Guardsman, was 18 at the time of the incident. It is believed he now lives in England. His first court appearance is expected to take place within the next three months. ‘Negligent discharge’ fine. He was initially charged with manslaughter after the incident, but the charges were dropped in 1990. Prosecutors have reviewed that decision and informed Mr McAnespie’s family. The family said, via their lawyers, that they welcomed the decision to prosecute.

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