Crime Legacy

British Soldier Involved in Aidan McAnespie Killing Avoids Jail

A former soldier has been given a suspended sentence for killing a man in a shooting at an Army checkpoint in Northern Ireland almost 35 years ago,

David Holden is the first soldier to be convicted of a Trouble-era killing in Northern Ireland since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

The victim of the 1988 shooting was 23-year-old Aidan McAnespie.

He was killed by a bullet which ricocheted off the road and hit him in the back at a County Tyrone checkpoint.

Holden was sentenced to three years in prison but the judge suspended the term for three years.


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