Compensation awarded to murdered RIRA man’s relatives

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The family of a Derry Real IRA member murdered by the paramilitary group is to receive a “substantial” amount in compensation, it has been reported.

Kieran Doherty was shot in Derry in February 2011. His bound and partially clothed body was found at Braehead Road on the outskirts of the city.

His uncle Vinnie Coyle maintained Kieran was “an innocent victim” and the family deserved some kind of compensation after his murder.

“All victims are the same to us,” he told the BBC. “There is no league of suffering when murder happens.”

“I think it (the awarding of compensation) is right because Kieran was the victim of a murder squad”.

The family, Vinny said, are content that Kieran was never proven to have been involved in any killings, despite his membership of the RIRA.