‘Hooded Man’ Gerard McKerr dies at age of 71

Gerard McKerr
Gerard McKerr

A prisoner detained without trial who was allegedly tortured by British soldiers during the Troubles has died aged 71.

Gerry McKerr, from Lurgan in Co Armagh, was among 14 so-called Hooded Men who claimed they were dangled out of helicopters and beaten in August 1971.

Amal Clooney, wife of Hollywood star George, recently joined the legal team representing the men.

They have campaigned for the UK Government to launch a full, frank and fair investigation. The Irish government referred the case to the European Court of Human Rights late last year.

Colm O’Gorman, executive director of Amnesty International Ireland, said: “Over 40 years ago Gerry McKerr suffered torture at the hands of UK security forces.

“But, rather than be bowed, alongside the other Hooded Men, he became a tireless campaigner for justice and never gave up, right to his dying day.”

The case centres on 14 Catholic men who were interned - detained indefinitely without trial - in 1971 who said they were subjected to torture methods including hooding, being held in stress positions and sleep deprivation.