Man for court in connection with 1981 IRA killing

A man will appear in court today charged with the murder of a policeman shot dead by the IRA in the North almost 30 years ago.

Police said the 54-year-old man, arrested yesterday in the village of Swatragh, south Derry, would appear in court in Derry. He is also accused of possessing a gun with intent.

Father-of-two Reserve Constable John Proctor, 25, was gunned down by the IRA in the car park of the Mid Ulster Hospital in Magherafelt, Co Derry, after visiting his wife, who had just given birth to a baby boy.

His wife was waving to him from her bedside window when her husband was ambushed.

Hours before he was murdered on September 14, 1981, Mr Proctor had been a pallbearer at the funeral of a UDR soldier friend gunned down, also by the IRA, in the neighbouring village of Maghera two days earlier.


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