Family of rubber bullet victim appeal for witnesses

Teenager Tobias Molloy who was killed by a rubber bullet in the summer of 1972.
Teenager Tobias Molloy who was killed by a rubber bullet in the summer of 1972.

The family of a teenager killed by a rubber bullet fired by a British soldier more than forty years ago have issued a new appeal for witnesses.

Tobias Molloy (18), from Strabane, was walking home from a night out in the summer of 1972 when he was fatally wounded.

The teenager was returning from Lifford, just across the border in Co. Donegal, on July 16, 1972, when he was struck in the chest by the rubber bullet. He later died of his injuries.

The incident took place at the Camel’s Hump cross-border checkpoint in the early hours of the morning.

Tobias’ family now want people who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.

His cousin, Ann Caldwell, says: “There has never been any proper disclosure on the circumstances surrounding Tobias’ death or any reason as to why he was singled out that night.

“Tobias’ family would dearly love to hear from anyone who knows anything that might shine some light on the circumstances surrounding his tragic and untimely death.”

Derry-based human rights group, the Pat Finucane Centre (PFC), is supporting the family with the appeal.

It will be holding a private clinic in Strabane later this week for people who may have information and want to speak confidentially.

The clinic will take place at Strabane District Caring Services, 32-36 Bridge Street,

on Thursday from 5 pm to 7pm and, again, on Friday from 12 noon to 2pm.

PFC caseworkers can also be contacted in confidence at their offices at the Rath Mor Centre. Bligh’s Lane, Derry, Monday-Friday (9am-5pm). Tel: (028) 71 268846. Email: