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NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses 16:18 - May 4 with 2340 viewsbritferry

Two former paratroopers accused of the murder of an Official IRA man in 1972 have been formally acquitted after their trial collapsed.

Joe McCann, 24, was shot in disputed circumstances in Joy Street in the Markets area of Belfast in April 1972.

The court heard he was evading arrest when soldiers opened fire, killing him.

Soldiers A and C, both in their 70s, had pleaded not guilty. The men admitted firing shots but said they had acted lawfully when doing so.

Both soldiers were interviewed by a police legacy unit, the Historical Enquiries Team (HET), in 2010 and it was this evidence that formed a substantial part of the prosecution's case.

Good, should have never have taken place.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-56942056

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NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 16:23 - May 4 with 781 viewsonehunglow

Great minds

Whatever ,McCanns loss was to the gain of many who would have been slaughtered. We are talking a self confessed murderer here not Gandhi or Albert Schweitzer. His legacy is hatred ,bitterness and murder.

Ideally,the British Army should have been allowed to truly wipe out the IRA leaders en masse.

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NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 16:23 - May 4 with 778 viewsfelixstowe_jack

A waste of everyone's time two innocent soldiers persecuted while convicted IRA murders are released or not prosecuted.
The peace agreement in NI should apply to both sides.

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NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 16:36 - May 4 with 765 viewsKeithHaynes

To even take them to trial was completely lunacy.

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NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 16:50 - May 4 with 750 viewsLohengrin

NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 16:36 - May 4 by KeithHaynes

To even take them to trial was completely lunacy.


How many instances do politicians have to have hammered home that appeasement doesn’t work before it starts to sink in?

An idea isn't responsible for those who believe in it.

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NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 17:16 - May 4 with 723 viewsKeithHaynes

NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 16:50 - May 4 by Lohengrin

How many instances do politicians have to have hammered home that appeasement doesn’t work before it starts to sink in?


Appeasement and using elderly men to make a political point is disgusting.
But then, Political gain doesn’t care for ruined lives.

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NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 17:33 - May 4 with 704 viewsBoundy

You live by the sword then you die by the sword, On 22 May 1971, the first British soldier to die at the hands of the Official IRA, Robert Bankier of the Royal Green Jackets was killed by a unit led by McCann. McCann's unit opened fire on a passing British mobile patrol near Cromac Square, hitting the patrol from both sides. He was the fourth British soldier to die on active service & the seventh overall since the conflict began.
McCann wasn't missed, literally.
No tea for Taffs
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NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 18:10 - May 4 with 687 viewsonehunglow

NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 17:33 - May 4 by Boundy

You live by the sword then you die by the sword, On 22 May 1971, the first British soldier to die at the hands of the Official IRA, Robert Bankier of the Royal Green Jackets was killed by a unit led by McCann. McCann's unit opened fire on a passing British mobile patrol near Cromac Square, hitting the patrol from both sides. He was the fourth British soldier to die on active service & the seventh overall since the conflict began.
McCann wasn't missed, literally.
No tea for Taffs


And he would have been a “legitimate target”

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NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 18:32 - May 4 with 679 viewspencoedjack

I hope he’s burning in hell as others have said should never of been brought to court.
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NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 19:55 - May 4 with 638 viewsonehunglow

NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 18:32 - May 4 by pencoedjack

I hope he’s burning in hell as others have said should never of been brought to court.


Well said however it was hard viewing his family pine for him,a man who butchered for a tricolour flag of bigotry

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NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 20:10 - May 4 with 630 viewsBoundy

NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 18:10 - May 4 by onehunglow

And he would have been a “legitimate target”


Fraid not , certainly not in the eyes of of those who were rabid nationalists , to them he was a victim of the state
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NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 20:12 - May 4 with 623 viewsonehunglow

NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 20:10 - May 4 by Boundy

Fraid not , certainly not in the eyes of of those who were rabid nationalists , to them he was a victim of the state


Got my wrong.I meant the victims of McCan.

Sorry to confuse

Ideally,he should have been flushed down the Lagan

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NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 20:27 - May 4 with 608 viewsJoe_bradshaw

NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 16:23 - May 4 by felixstowe_jack

A waste of everyone's time two innocent soldiers persecuted while convicted IRA murders are released or not prosecuted.
The peace agreement in NI should apply to both sides.


Should apply to all three sides in my opinion.

Loyalists, Republicans and the British Army.

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NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 20:30 - May 4 with 580 viewstrampie

NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 16:23 - May 4 by felixstowe_jack

A waste of everyone's time two innocent soldiers persecuted while convicted IRA murders are released or not prosecuted.
The peace agreement in NI should apply to both sides.


I didn't think you would support letting IRA combatants off.

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NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 20:35 - May 4 with 591 viewsKeithHaynes

NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 20:30 - May 4 by trampie

I didn't think you would support letting IRA combatants off.


Like the killing of george floyd, Guilty.
Today not guilty.
That’s the way it is mate.
Me and you will still hopefully watch the swans on Saturday 😉

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NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 20:38 - May 4 with 566 viewstrampie

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/03/troubles-uk-failures-good-

Who were the goodies and who were the baddies ?, did the goodies became as bad as the baddies in the end ? that does tend to happen.

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NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 20:42 - May 4 with 581 viewsKeithHaynes

NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 20:38 - May 4 by trampie

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/03/troubles-uk-failures-good-

Who were the goodies and who were the baddies ?, did the goodies became as bad as the baddies in the end ? that does tend to happen.


Bloody guardian, back then they were torys 😉
I think we are all baddies when it suits.

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NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 20:45 - May 4 with 573 viewsBoundy

NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 20:38 - May 4 by trampie

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/03/troubles-uk-failures-good-

Who were the goodies and who were the baddies ?, did the goodies became as bad as the baddies in the end ? that does tend to happen.


Nothing during the troubles was black or white .
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NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 20:45 - May 4 with 552 viewstrampie

NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 20:35 - May 4 by KeithHaynes

Like the killing of george floyd, Guilty.
Today not guilty.
That’s the way it is mate.
Me and you will still hopefully watch the swans on Saturday 😉


Indeed

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NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 20:46 - May 4 with 567 viewsonehunglow

NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 20:42 - May 4 by KeithHaynes

Bloody guardian, back then they were torys 😉
I think we are all baddies when it suits.


Speak for yourself Guv

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NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 21:06 - May 4 with 552 viewsmajorraglan

NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 20:38 - May 4 by trampie

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/03/troubles-uk-failures-good-

Who were the goodies and who were the baddies ?, did the goodies became as bad as the baddies in the end ? that does tend to happen.


Sometimes referred to as knowledge cause corruption.

The troubles blighted the lives of many, nationalist, loyalist, innocent civilians and military families all suffered. I sincerely hope the dark days don't return.
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NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 21:27 - May 4 with 538 viewsBoundy

NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 21:06 - May 4 by majorraglan

Sometimes referred to as knowledge cause corruption.

The troubles blighted the lives of many, nationalist, loyalist, innocent civilians and military families all suffered. I sincerely hope the dark days don't return.


So do I , far too many innocents had their lives ruined .
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NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 21:46 - May 4 with 515 viewsonehunglow

They're unhappy about it!

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NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 21:53 - May 4 with 511 viewsfelixstowe_jack

NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 20:30 - May 4 by trampie

I didn't think you would support letting IRA combatants off.


Personally I don't. Just saying as it was part of the peace process the amnesty should not just apply to terrorist. The police and army were just trying to keep the peace and stop the IRA and unionist from killing each other.

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NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 22:08 - May 4 with 466 viewsNortbankboy

NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 21:06 - May 4 by majorraglan

Sometimes referred to as knowledge cause corruption.

The troubles blighted the lives of many, nationalist, loyalist, innocent civilians and military families all suffered. I sincerely hope the dark days don't return.


I didn't realise it was 100 yrs yesterday when we partitioned ireland.
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NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 22:27 - May 4 with 447 viewsMarcella

NI - Trial of two soldiers collapses on 19:55 - May 4 by onehunglow

Well said however it was hard viewing his family pine for him,a man who butchered for a tricolour flag of bigotry


I'm assuming your reference to "a tricolour flag of bigotry" is directed at the national flag of Éire?

Would you care to explain the reasoning behind your clear distaste of another country's flag of allegiance?
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