Bloody Sunday mural on house in Londonderry
Northern Ireland

Bloody Sunday: 'Soldier F' Court Date Confirmed

Soldier F faces prosecution for the murders of two people and the attempted murders of four others on Bloody Sunday in 1972.

Bloody Sunday mural on house in Londonderry

The case of a former British soldier facing charges over the Bloody Sunday shootings in Londonderry is due to be heard in court next month.

The former serviceperson, known as 'Soldier F', will face prosecution for the murders of James Wray and William McKinney and the attempted murders of Joseph Friel, Michael Quinn, Joe Mahon and Patrick O'Donnell.

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) has written a letter to confirm a magistrate's court date of 18 September.

It follows confirmation in March that Soldier F would face prosecution.

Sixteen other veterans and two ex-members of the Official IRA were also all investigated, with it being ruled they would not face prosecution.

Thirteen civil rights demonstrators were shot dead on 30 January 1972, when members of the 1st Battalion of the Parachute Regiment opened fire at a civil rights march in Derry.

Bloody Sunday families waited 47 years to see if there would be prosecutions.

In the PPS letter, a senior prosecutor said the first listing of the case would be "a committal hearing for the case to be transferred to the Crown Court, where any trial will take place".

The senior prosecutor continued: "If the case is going to be challenged, then it will not proceed to a full committal hearing at the first listing, rather it will adjourn for arrangements to be made for the full hearing."

They added that an accused must "attend court in person for a committal hearing, but if the case is not proceeding as a committal hearing at the first listing, then it is unlikely that the accused will attend in person on 18th September".