Bloody Sunday Inquest: Soldiers find out next week if they are to be prosecuted

Eighteen ex-paratroopers who have been reported to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) over the killings of the Bloody Sunday victims are currently waiting to hear if they will face charges.

Thirteen people died after troops opened fire in Londonderry in January 1972, and a 14th person died later from his injuries.

The Saville Inquiry into the killings concluded that all the victims were innocent. The paratroopers, he said, lost their self-control and fired without discipline.

One of those who may face charges and is only known as Sergeant ‘O’ said that Lord Saville was not there on the day and whilst he accepted that some of those who were killed were innocent he did not accept that all of the victims were. He said he still considers it a job well done.

But the sister of a man who was killed on Bloody Sunday has described the former soldier’s comments on the shootings as “very cold and very brutal”.

“What a horrible lie to continue to stand by, even as you become an older person.”

The conclusion of Lord Saville’s inquiry led the then prime minister, David Cameron, to deliver a historic apology in the House of Commons and to the people of Derry.

What happened on Bloody Sunday, he said, was “unjustified and unjustifiable. It was wrong”.