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Soldier F trail adjourned until December

The anonymised British army veteran was charged in March with the murders of William McKinney and James Wray during the Bloody Sunday massacre

RELATIVES of those killed by British soldiers at a civil-rights march in Derry nearly 50 years ago will have to wait longer in their quest for justice after the Soldier F trial in the city was adjourned today.

The anonymised British army veteran is charged with two murders and five attempted murders.

In a court hearing in March the public prosecutor found enough evidence to charge him with the murder of William McKinney and James Wray in the events known as Bloody Sunday.

The attempted murder charges relate to Joseph Friel, Michael Quinn, Joe Mahon and Patrick O’Donnell. A fifth relates to “person unknown.”

A total of 13 people were killed as soldiers from the second battalion of the Parachute Regiment opened fire on an unarmed civil-rights march in Derry in January 1972.

Those who killed the other 11 innocent victims have escaped charges.

Soldier F did not appear in court today. His legal team told the court it needed more time to consider the evidence served on him.

The case was adjourned until December 4.

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