Arrest over murder at Mid Ulster Hospital

The BBC are reporting that a 54 year old man from Swatragh has been arrested over the 1981 murder of John Proctor who was murdered in the Mid Ulster Hospital car park after visiting his wife and newborn son.

There have been arrests over previous terrorist murders in the past without prosecutions necessarily following from it: notably over the Claudy murders in 2005. However, the fact that the police seem to be willing to arrest someone at least gives hope that the murders cannot be certain that they will not have to face justice: though of course even if anyone is convicted they will spend a pitifully short time in gaol. If the man currently accused of the murder of Jennifer Cardy (also 1981) faced, if convicted, but a few months in gaol there would be an outcry.

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