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Northern Irish veteran commits suicide after a “witch hunt” investigation into actions during problems

Northern Irish veteran commits suicide after “witch hunt” investigation into his actions during the Troubles

  • Eddie “Spud” Murphy committed suicide on Thursday and was found by his wife
  • It is believed that he survived at least one IRA bombing while in Fusiliers
  • Six other British Army veterans are currently being prosecuted in Northern Ireland
  • For confidential support, call the Samaritans on 116123, visit a local branch or go to www.samaritans.org

The government is confronted with calls to end a “witch hunt” against veterans, following the suicide of a soldier from Northern Ireland whose actions were investigated during the problems.

Named by friends like Eddie “Spud” Murphy, the soldier took his own life on Thursday and was found by his wife.

Six veterans of the British army are currently being prosecuted in Northern Ireland, although the government has promised to protect them.

The government is confronted with calls to end a “witch hunt” against veterans, following the suicide of a soldier from Northern Ireland whose actions were investigated during the problems. Pictured: British soldiers on patrol in 1985 in Northern Ireland

Named by friends like Eddie “Spud” Murphy, the soldier took his own life on Thursday and was found by his wife. Pictured: British soldiers and an armored Saracen vehicle patrol on the streets of Crossmaglen, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, in September 1981

Mr. Murphy is said to have served the Royal Highland Fusiliers and survived at least one IRA bombing.

One of his friends, known as Dukesy, wrote about the suicide on Twitter: “My friend lost his life today.

“He served in Northern Ireland, was blown up by the IRA and was lucky to survive.

“More recently, he was subject to the historical research witch hunt. He tried to take his life three times before, this time it worked.

“A victim of the IRA. RIP Spud. ”

Johnny Mercer, the veteran minister, wrote on Twitter to express his condolences and promised that the government was working quickly to protect British soldiers from decades after serving their country.

Johnny Mercer, the veteran minister, wrote on Twitter to express his condolences and promised that the government worked quickly to protect British soldiers from decades after they had served their country

Johnny Mercer, the veteran minister, wrote on Twitter to express his condolences and promised that the government worked quickly to protect British soldiers from decades after they had served their country

Johnny Mercer, the veteran minister, wrote on Twitter to express his condolences and promised that the government was working quickly to protect British soldiers from trials decades after they had served their country

He wrote: ‘I am aware of this and my heart goes out to this person and his family.

“This prime minister has promised legislation to put an end to vexatory and repeated persecution of veterans without new evidence.

“He ordered me to do it. By March 18. And we will. ”

Dennis Hutchings, 78, is on trial next month for his alleged share in a 1974 shooting, but he takes the government to court for their promise to protect older veterans

Dennis Hutchings, 78, is on trial next month for his alleged share in a 1974 shooting, but he takes the government to court for their promise to protect older veterans

Dennis Hutchings, 78, is on trial next month for his alleged share in a 1974 shooting, but he takes the government to court for their promise to protect older veterans

Chairman of the Parliamentary Veterans Support Group, Ian Duncan Smith MP, told The Telegraph: “I am deeply saddened to hear the news of his death.

‘Too many former soldiers are caught in this historic case review. The government promised that they would stop such an investigation unless there is new, convincing evidence.

‘Too often ex-soldiers feel that they have served their country and are now being thrown at by wolves. It is embarrassing. ”

The death of Mr. Murphy follows the announcement that another veteran who is being prosecuted for killing a man with learning difficulties during the problems is bringing the government to court.

Dennis Hutchings, 78, is on trial next month for his alleged share in a 1974 shooting, but he is taking the government to court for their promise to protect older veterans.

Mr Hutchings, a former member of the Life Guards regiment, has previously accused ministers of abandoning veterans who risked their lives serving the British army during the Troubleshooting.

He pleaded not guilty of the alleged attempted murder of John Pat Cunningham, 27, who died after being shot in the back while walking away from an army patrol.

Research shows that British Army veterans are 54 times more likely to be prosecuted than former Republican paramilitaries as a result of the Good Friday peace agreement.

For confidential support, call the Samaritans on 116123, visit a local branch, or go to www.samaritans.org

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