Northern Ireland

Newspaper review: Roller death and Orangeman in court

Image caption The front page of the News Letter on Thursday

Two papers lead with reaction from the sole survivor of the Kingmills massacre who says he is "horrified" that a colleague may have been instrumental in the murders.

The inquest into the killing of 10 protestant workmen in 1976 was told that a one of those named on the suspect list "usually travelled" home with the men on the workers' minibus.

Alan Black, who survived the attack in south Armagh, was shot 18 times.

He told the News Letter that this was the first time he had heard this information and that his mind "has just gone into turmoil".

"I just never dreamt I could work with someone who would do a thing like that," he added.

The IRA stopped the minibus which was taking the men home and told them to line up along the vehicle before gunning them down.

The Belfast Telegraph reports that the inquest also heard that greater co-operation between the RUC and Gardai could have identified another suspect at the time of the killings.

The inquest was told that the Garda had taken finger prints of a suspect in 1975 but that these had not been requested by the RUC.

Colin Worton, the brother of one of those killed, said: "They had all that material in the same year Kingsmills occurred. It creates more questions than answers."

Image caption The front page of the Daily Mirror on Thursday

The Daily Mirror leads with the death of a 30-year-old man who was killed when he became trapped in machinery in Mullaghbawn, south Armagh.

It's understood that he was crushed by a road roller while resurfacing work was being carried out close to Forkhill.

The incident is being investigated by the PSNI and Health and Safety Executive.

The Irish News covers a court case involving an Orangeman accused of driving into a crowd of people at a contentious parade on the Crumlin road in north Belfast.

Belfast Crown Court was told that John Alexander Aughey, 63, had no memory of running over a 16-year-old girl or hitting five other people on 13 July 2015.

It followed a Parades Commission determination not to allow an Orange Lodge and flute band to walk past the Ardoyne shop fronts on their return journey.

Phoebe Clawson was carried a short distance before becoming trapped under Mr Aughey's car, and suffered a broken collar bone and a fractured pelvis and ankle.

She was later freed after police officers managed to push the car onto its side.

Mr Aughey faces six charges including dangerous driving and causing grievous bodily harm. He denies all charges.

The Belfast Telegraph also reports that eight out of 10 police officers in Northern Ireland have been assaulted in the last year.

Almost three-quarters of those surveyed by the Police Federation of Northern Ireland said they had been spat at during work.

Thirteen percent said they had been assaulted with a deadly weapon, such as a firearm.