Families ‘denied SAS information’

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The families of two IRA men shot dead by the SAS were denied access to inquest information that one of the soldiers also opened fire in another four killings, the Court of Appeal heard yesterday.

Senior judges were further told that an officer commanding the unit involved in the deaths of Martin McCaughey and Dessie Grew is linked to other lethal force incidents.

Details emerged as an appeal against a failed legal bid to have the inquest verdicts quashed was adjourned until next month.

McCaughey and Grew were killed when an SAS unit opened fire on them near Loughgall, Co Armagh in 1990.

Neither of the men fired any shots, provoking claims that soldiers could have arrested them instead.

But in May 2012 an inquest jury held that the soldiers had used reasonable force.

Lawyers for McCaughey’s sister are challenging the conclusion that the shootings were justified.