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Ex-soldier facing legal action over shooting of IRA man Stan Carberry dies

The family of Stan Carberry have always disputed the circumstances surrounding his death

Stan Carberry

Jamie McDowell

An ex-soldier who was facing a legal action over the shooting of an IRA man in 1972 has died.

The civil action against the soldier was undertaken by the family of Stan Carberry, who was shot dead while he was in a hijacked car in the Falls Road area.

At an inquest, soldiers previously said they had been shot at from the passenger side of a vehicle when they returned fire.

However, the family of Carberry dispute this, with the deceased IRA man’s son currently suing the Ministry of Defence claiming the soldiers used unnecessary lethal force.

The High Court heard three soldiers had been identified in regards to the incident, known only as Soldier A, Soldier B and Soldier C.

The court heard Soldier A passed away during the summer.

David Dunlop QC, acting on behalf of the MoD said the names of the soldiers would be disclosed, but that no further information to identify them would be provided.

During a previous 1974 inquest it was claimed Carberry had been trying to surrender when he was shot.

Another man who was in the vehicle managed to escape from the scene on foot.

A witness has claimed Carberry had his hands in the air when he was shot.

It was also heard at the inquest that evidence showed gunshot residue on Carberry’s hand.

There had been concerns a so-called ‘Troubles amnesty’ could come into effect before the civil action is finished, however the High Court heard last month that the action should be completed by then.

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