Guardsman Holden Trial Day 5

Updated: Apr 9

Today on day 5 of Guardsman Holden’s farce Trial - We heard accounts from a Police Witness that interviewed Guardsman Holden shortly after the tragic accident

The former detective recalled his interview with Mr Holden, who was 18 at the time.

He said he remembered the defendant being "frightened" and "shocked by what had taken place".

The witness told Belfast Crown Court: "He was not loud or bumptious in any sense."

He agreed with Mr Holden's lawyer that the defendant had been consistent in stating he had accidentally squeezed the trigger of the machine gun he was manning.

During cross-examination, Guardsman Holden's lawyer read out parts of his client's interviews made in the days after the shooting.

"He claimed the weapon was left in the cocked position by some of the other soldiers who had handled it during the morning," the lawyer told the court.

"He denied cocking it himself or aiming it at (Mr) McAnespie, whom he knew to be a suspected terrorist.

"He was frank with you that he had squeezed the trigger, but he maintained he was not responsible for cocking the weapon."

The retired officer agreed with the lawyer that Mr Holden never deviated from his explanation and that he had assisted police with their investigation fully.

There was some legal technical issues which the judge ruled on and at the end of his testimony the court adjourned until Monday morning 11 April at 10.30.

The court will only sit on Monday and Tuesday of next week then adjourn until after the Easter break resuming again on Monday 25 April.


Guardsman Holden’s Trial continues Monday Morning 10:30am

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