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O'Dowd welcomes ruling to overturn conviction

20 May, 2014 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Féin MLA John O'Dowd has welcomed a court decision to overturn the convictions of a Lurgan man who was shot by the RUC in 1982.

Speaking after the court of appeal quashed a conviction of Martin McCauley for possession of weapons unsafe, the Upper Bann MLA said;

“The court case proves beyond any doubt that the RUC went in to that hay shed and shot two innocent young boys, killing Michael Tighe and wounding Martin McCauley.

“These were 17 year-old schoolboys.

“The RUC then attempted to cover it up by destroying the MI5 recording of the incident.

“This is further clear evidence of the existence of a shoot to kill policy in operation in the North Armagh area at the time.

“While I welcome today's ruling it is clear that the PSNI needs to stop covering up for the wrongdoing of the RUC.

“32 years on from the death of Michael Tighe no inquest has been held into his death or the deaths as a result of other shootings involving state forces in the area.

“It's time the families are allowed access to the truth about the deaths of their loved ones and full inquests are held.

“We will continue to support families in their campaign for truth." 

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