The Army’s killing of a member of the IRA in Londonderry in 1972 was unjustified, a coroner has found.
Seamus Bradley, 19, was shot and killed in the Creggan area of the city during Operation Motorman on 31 July 1972.
The Army claimed the teenager was shot while he was in a tree and suffered additional injuries as he fell.
His family alleged he was killed later, claiming he was taken away in an Army Saracen vehicle.
They allege he sustained fatal injuries while being subjected to interrogation.
• James Oliver Bradley was born on 16 July 1953 in Derry’s Altnagelvin Hospital.
• He was a single man employed as a scaffolder.
• He died, aged 19, on 31 July 1972 some time between 05:15 BST and 06.30 BST.
• The cause of death was laceration of his left femoral artery due to a gunshot wound.
• It was agreed and accepted that he was a Provisional IRA member at the time of his death.
Both those versions of events were rejected by coroner Judge Patrick Kinney at Belfast Coroner’s Court on Thursday.
Judge Kinney said he was satisfied Mr Bradley was killed by a soldier who got out of a Saracen vehicle, dropped to one knee and opened fire several times.
“The coroner found that the soldier who shot Seamus Bradley was not justified in opening fire and that the investigation into his death was flawed and inadequate,” the summary of the inquest’s findings read.
The coroner concluded that:
Operation Motorman was the name given to a military operation by the Army to reclaim ‘no-go areas’ set up by republican paramilitaries in towns across Northern Ireland.