The Inquest findings into one of the most controversial killings of the Troubles in Derry will be made public today.
Seamus Bradley was shot dead in highly disputed circumstances by the British Army during Operation Motorman in the early hours of July 31, 1972.
The findings of the Inquest will be announced arond noon by Judge Patrick Kinney at Laganside Court in Belfast. The fresh Inquest hearings lasted twelve-days last year.
The British Army and legal representatives from the Ministry of Defence have claimed for the last 47 years, that Mr Bradley a 19-year-old IRA member, was armed when they opened fire on him close to the Bishop’s Field area of Creggan. This claim has consistently denied by the Bradley family over the decades. The family have also consistently alleged that Seamus Bradley was interrogated and tortured by military personnel before he died.
Seamus Bradley's killing took place amidst the British Army's incursion into nationalist no-go areas in the Creggan, Bogside and Brandywell areas of Derry-codenamed Operation Motorman.
The operation which involved in excess of 25,000 troops was the British military's biggest mobilisation of their forces since the Suez crisis of the 1950s.
A teenage boy, Daniel Hegarty was also shot dead in Creggan during the Derry part of Operation Motorman. His cousin Christopher Hegarty was also wounded in the head. In April this year the Public Prosecution Service announced that the soldier responsible for those shootings is to be charged with a count of murder and attempted murder.
Danny Bradley, brother of Seamus Bradley man told the Derry News after the announcement of the date when the conclusions will be made public: “At the end of the day this is good news. It has taken 47 years and caused a lot of hurt for so long.
“It destroyed our family, but I had to get the answer about what happened and I am certainly looking forward to that. After 47 years I will be glad to put it to bed because it has been a struggle.”
CAPTION: 19-year-old Seamus Bradley.
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