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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 September, 2004, 11:48 GMT 12:48 UK
Soldier will not face charge
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A High Court judge has ruled that a soldier will not be charged with murder over the shooting of a Londonderry mother of six more than 30 years ago.

Kathleen Thompson, 47, from Rathlin Drive in Creggan, died after being struck by a high velocity bullet in November 1971.

Four soldiers said they saw a man firing a gun from the back of her home.

The possibility of proceedings against a member of the Royal Green Jackets, known only as Soldier D, emerged after a hearing in the High Court in Belfast last week.

Lawyers for Ms Thompson had applied for a judicial review.

They wanted judges to examine the failure of the DPP to provide "full and sufficient" reasons for the decision not to prosecute the soldier, who admitted firing 18 shots during a midnight raid.

However on Wednesday, Mr Justice Girvan dismissed an application for a review of the case brought by the victim's daughter.

He said he did not think a defence of reasonable force could be disputed.

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