Apology call over Gunner Robert Cutting's death
- 23 October 2013
- From the section Manchester
The family of a teenage soldier killed in a so-called friendly fire incident in 1972 is calling for an apology from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) .
Gunner Robert Cutting from Blackley, Manchester, was shot four times by a colleague while on patrol in Belfast.
His sister, Irene Pratt, said the MoD had treated the family "appallingly" as there had been no inquiry into his death at the time.
A spokesman for the MoD said they were "carefully considering" the case.
He added: "We will respond in due course."
Mrs Pratt said she had waited 40 years for official confirmation of how and why her brother died.
Last year the family was granted a review into the case by the Police Service of Northern Ireland's Historical Enquiries Team, set up to re-examine deaths resulting from the Troubles in Northern Ireland between 1968 and 1998.
The review confirmed the army had not convened a board of inquiry to investigate Gunner Cutting's death at the time.
After reading the review, Mrs Pratt said: "It's now in black and white that he was shot once, he went down and the shot that killed him was when he was trying to crawl away.
"I'm absolutely disgusted.
"[The MoD] have been in receipt of this report now for 10 weeks and we've had no response."