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Bloody Sunday: Soldier F murder case adjourned until December at Derry hearing

Soldier F is accused of two counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder.

Members from the Wray and McKinney families and supporters walking to court this morning.
Members from the Wray and McKinney families and supporters walking to court this morning.
Image: Liam McBurney

THE CASE OF Bloody Sunday veteran Soldier F has been adjourned until later in the year.

The case of the former paratrooper, who faces two murder charges in relation to the deaths of William McKinney and Jim Wray and five counts of attempted murder, was listed for this morning in Derry Magistrates Court.

The courthouse is just a mile from where the Bloody Sunday killings took place in the Bogside on January 30 1972 and security was tight with extra police officers drafted in to patrol the area.

Members of the Bloody Sunday families walked together as one from the Diamond to the city centre courthouse and spoke to reporters outside.

Liam Wray, the brother of James Wray, said it was a “historic day” and that he was “very nervous”.

Soldier F, who is now in his 60s, was not at Bishop Street Court House for the first listing today, but was instead represented by his legal team.

The court was told that the veteran’s legal team needed time to consider evidence.

District Judge Barney McElholm agreed to an adjournment and said that the soldier’s anonymity remains in place by court order.

The families sat quietly in the public gallery of Court Room Four as proceedings played out over the course of just ten minutes.

The case has been adjourned until 4 December to allow Soldier F’s defence lawyers to provide a precise list of witnesses whose evidence it intends to challenge by way of a mixed committal hearing.

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