Soldiers’ statements excluded from trial evidence
- Related Member(s):
- Clare Montgomery QC, Helen Law
- Related Practice Area(s):
- Crime and Regulatory Law
Soldiers A and C, two former members of the Parachute Regiment, are standing trial in Belfast on the charge of murdering Joe McCann in 1972. Both soldiers were interviewed under orders immediately after Mr McCann’s death in 1972 without any legal advice or caution. They were not asked to explain why they believed it was reasonable that shots were fired. They were interviewed again in 2010 by the Historical Enquiries Team and could not add significantly to their 1972 accounts. It was argued by the defence that both sets of interviews were inadmissible and should be excluded as evidence.
At Belfast Crown Court on Friday 30 April, O’Hara J. ruled that the evidence should be excluded.