A British soldier due to stand trial over a killing while serving in Northern Ireland 43 years ago has dubbed his prosecution “a betrayal”.
Dennis Hutchings will stand trial in Belfast over the death of John Pat Cunningham in 1974.
Mr Cunningham, 27, who had learning difficulties, was shot in the back as he ran away from an Army patrol near the village of Benburb.
His family said they want “some clarification” of what happened.
He was shot dead in a field in Carrickaness Road as he ran away from soldiers who stopped their Land Rover in the area and followed him.
It is alleged Mr Hutchings and another soldier had both fired their guns but it is not known who fired the fatal bullet.
Mr Hutchings, 76, from Cawsand, Cornwall, who is charged with one count of attempted murder and one of attempted GBH said: “They call it Troubles. It was a war zone.
“You went out on patrol. You could not say 100% ‘I’ll be coming back after this’.
“I think [the prosecution] is an absolute shambles. It just shows how spineless our politicians are. They send you out there to do the job.
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