New inquest into 1984 SAS Derry killings

Willie Fleming and Danny Doherty were gunned down in the grounds of Gransha in December 1984.
Willie Fleming and Danny Doherty were gunned down in the grounds of Gransha in December 1984.
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A preliminary hearing into the controversial deaths of two IRA men in Derry almost thirty years ago is due to take place later this week.

Daniel Doherty (23) and William Fleming (19) were shot dead in the grounds of Gransha Hospital in Derry in December 1984.

It was alleged that the pair, who were both from the city, were planning to carry out an attack on an off-duty UDR soldier when the SAS opened fire.

Earlier this year, it emerged that lawyers representing the families of the two men had requested that SAS soldiers provide new statements ahead of a new inquest.

An original inquest was held two years after the shootings but, in 2010, Northern Ireland’s Attorney General John Larkin ordered another hearing after finding that police documents had been withheld from the coroner at the time.

Northern Ireland’s senior coroner John Leckey subsequently suspended the new inquest, questioning whether the attorney general had exceeded his powers.

However, following a legal challenge, this suspension was lifted, allowing the new inquest to proceed.

This week’s preliminary hearing of the Coroner’s Court is scheduled to take place on Thursday in Belfast.