Northern Ireland

Gerard Gibson's mother in legal challenge against Historical Enquiries Team

The mother of a 16-year-old boy shot dead by the Army in Northern Ireland is taking legal action against the police team that re-investigated his death.

Gerard Gibson was killed in July 1972

The case was recently re-examined by the Historical Enquiries Team (HET), a special police unit set up to help solve murders from the Troubles.

But his family claims the HET breached its duty of independence by failing to inform them that the investigation was being led by a former RUC officer.

At the time, the Army and the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) initially claimed the teenager was an IRA gunman when he was shot by a soldier in the Lenadoon area on 11 July 1972.

However, that claim was later discounted.

Mr Gibson died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

The HET investigation found it was not possible to identify the soldier who fired the shot.

The teenager's family have rejected the findings and have accused the HET of failing to honour its pledge of independence.

They have claimed they were only informed after the report was completed that the investigation was led by a former RUC officer.

Lawyers acting for the teenager's mother, Elizabeth Gibson, have applied for a judicial review and are asking the courts to order a new inquiry.

In a statement, the HET said it would be inappropriate to comment as the case is the subject of legal proceedings.

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