Soldier to face prosecution “significant development” – Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD
Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has broadly welcomed the decision announced this morning by the Director of Public Prosecutions in the North that he intends charging the British soldier responsible for firing the fatal shot that took the life of innocent nationalist Aidan Mc Anespie in February 1988 with manslaughter as a “significant development”.
Deputy Ó Caoláin stated that for him and for most anyone he has ever spoken to regarding Aidan Mc Anespie’s death, the charge should be murder.
Teachta Ó Caoláin said;
“I welcome the DPP’s decision. I expect the Mc Anespie family will also view it as a positive decision. It is certainly a significant development. However, for me, and I have no doubt for most anyone I have ever spoken to or heard speak of Aidan’s death, the charge should be one of murder.
“It was said to Aidan repeatedly by British soldiers at the Aughnacloy checkpoint that they would shoot him, that they would kill him. He told me of these incidents himself in the months prior to his killing. It was their signalled intention and they injected such fear into that young man. And then it happened.
“I would hope that the charge would yet be elevated to murder and that the truth behind Aidan’s killing, that it was a conspiracy to murder, would come out in whatever trial might yet present.
“It is not just a single British soldier who fired the shot who should be facing prosecution, but all those who over a protracted period subjected Aidan to a daily nightmare as he made his way daily from his home in Aughnacloy to work in Monaghan.”