Northern Ireland

John Pat Cunningham death: Former soldier charged with attempted murder

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Image caption John Pat Cunningham was 27 at the time of his death but had a mental age of between six and 10

A former soldier has appeared in court charged with the attempted murder of a man who was shot dead by soldiers in County Armagh more than 40 years ago.

John Pat Cunningham, 27, who had a learning disability, was killed by members of an Army patrol in Benburb on 15 June 1974.

Dennis Hutchings, 73, with an address near Torpoint in Cornwall, appeared in Omagh Magistrates' Court on Saturday.

Mr Hutchings was granted bail.

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Image caption Dennis Hutchings appeared in Omagh Magistrates' Court on Saturday
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Image caption The scene at Carrickaness Road in Benburb, County Tyrone, on 15 June 1974

John Pat Cunningham had the mental age of a child between six and 10 and a fear of men in uniform.