HET: 1971 murder of Sean Ruddy was ‘tragedy which should not have happened’

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Monday, November 28th, 2011

The family of a man murdered in Newry 40 years ago have welcomed the Historical Enquiries Team report, which found that his death was an “unlawful killing”. Sean Ruddy (19) was killed in the Hill Street area of the city on 23rd October 1971 alongside Robert Anderson and Thomas McLaughlin. The three young men were unarmed and after leaving a local pub on the night in question, the three decided to steal money from two barmen as they deposited money in the night safe of a nearby bank.

Arthur Ruddy, the brother of Sean said, “As they ran off up the street, soldiers watching from the roof of Woolworths shot them dead. We have lived with this knowledge for forty years now. It is our hope now that this report, which confirms that our brother Sean and his two companions were needlessly and ruthlessly killed, will help us finally to come to terms with this tragedy.”

He added, “This report reminds us that a great darkness came upon this town and it suffered years of senseless violence. We are glad that today the people of Newry live in better times. May this always be a place of peace.”

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