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Inquest into death of 10-year-old killed by a plastic bullet in 1975 to be heard

Stephen Geddis was the youngest person to die in Northern Ireland after being struck following an incident in August 1975

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Banbridge Court House in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, where a fresh inquest into the death of Stephen Geddis (10) by a plastic bullet in 1975 will be heard. (Paul Faith/PA)

Banbridge Court House in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, where a fresh inquest into the death of Stephen Geddis (10) by a plastic bullet in 1975 will be heard. (Paul Faith/PA)

Banbridge Court House in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, where a fresh inquest into the death of Stephen Geddis (10) by a plastic bullet in 1975 will be heard. (Paul Faith/PA)

A fresh inquest into the death of the youngest person in Northern Ireland to die after being struck by a plastic bullet will start next week.

Stephen Geddis, 10, received a head injury following an incident in west Belfast on August 28 1975.

Plastic batons had been discharged by a military patrol in the Albert Street/Cullingtree Road area.

He died on August 30 1975.

A number of preliminary hearings involved discussions about delays around materials being supplied by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Counsel for the MoD described delays being caused due to access to buildings amid restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

There had been fears that the proposed date of August 23 2021 to start the inquest would be delayed.

However, on Friday it was confirmed that the inquest had been listed for hearing commencing on August 23 by coroner Paddy McGurgan.

The inquest will be heard at Banbridge Court.

It was directed by the Attorney General for Northern Ireland following an application by the Geddis family and is one of a number of legacy inquests to be heard.

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