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Claudy blast compensation claim ‘hopelessly out of time’

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The brother of a teenager killed in the Claudy bombing failed yesterday in a High Court challenge to receiving no compensation.

David Temple was seeking to judicially review former Police Ombudsman Al Hutchinson’s decision not to recommend the PSNI make a pay-out.

But a judge threw out his case after declaring it was “hopelessly out of time”.

Mr Temple’s 16-year-old brother William was among nine people killed when three no-warning bombs exploded in the Co Londonderry village on July 31, 1972.

Dozens of others were injured in the atrocity for which the IRA was blamed but never admitted responsibility.

In 2010 Mr Hutchinson, the Ombudsman at the time, published a damning report which identified a huge cover-up to shield the main suspect, a Catholic priest.

Senior police officers, the church and state were found to have colluded to protect Father James Chesney.

He died in 1980 having never been questioned by police. No one has been brought to justice since.

Legal proceedings commenced by Mr Temple last year challenged the former Ombudsman’s decision not to recommend that the Chief Constable should award compensation.

Under the terms of the Police (NI) Act an award of up to £3,000 can be made. But, refusing leave to proceed to a full hearing, Mr Justice Treacy ruled: “It’s quite clear that this case is hopelessly out of time.”

 

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