Fatal shooting of Barney Watt 'unjustified'

Teresa Watt, wife of Barney Watt, outside Belfast Coroner's Court with a photo of them on their wedding day as the fatal shooting of the Belfast man by British soldiers during rioting in 1971 was unjustified, a coroner has ruled
Teresa Watt, wife of Barney Watt, outside Belfast Coroner's Court with a photo of them on their wedding day as the fatal shooting of the Belfast man by British soldiers during rioting in 1971 was unjustified, a coroner has ruled

The fatal shooting of a Belfast man by British soldiers during rioting in 1971 was unjustified, Belfast Coroner's Court has ruled.

Coroner Joe McCrisken dismissed claims from the soldiers that Barney Watt was throwing an explosive device when he was shot.

Family handout of Teresa Watt and Barney Watt of them on their wedding day as the fatal shooting of the Belfast man by British soldiers during rioting in 1971 was unjustified, a coroner has ruled

Family handout of Teresa Watt and Barney Watt of them on their wedding day as the fatal shooting of the Belfast man by British soldiers during rioting in 1971 was unjustified, a coroner has ruled

Following a four-day inquest in Belfast Mr McCrisken also said he did not believe that the 28-year-old had been a member of the IRA.

Mr Watt died in hotly disputed circumstances during public disorder in nationalist Ardoyne in Belfast in February 1971.

Soldiers said he was shot while throwing a device at military personnel.

However, Mr McCrisken ruled: "I am satisfied, based upon the evidence available to me at inquest, that Barney Watt was not the man described by the soldiers holding the explosive device.

"Based upon the evidence presented at inquest the use of lethal force against Barney Watt by military personnel was not justified."