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Decision to name deceased Kingsmill suspects deferred

Two key suspects who are alleged to have been involved in the Kingsmill Massacre may be named when the inquest into the January 1976 atrocity resumes in the New Year.

At the final inquest hearing of 2018, a decision to name the pair – who are now deceased – was deferred until next year.  Coroner Brian Sherrard and his counsel Sean Doran QC, however, have expressed concern at naming the alleged suspects could endanger the lives of their families. 

Ten Protestant workmen were shot dead when their minibus was ambushed at Kingsmill, near Whitecross.  Alan Black, now aged 75, was the sole survivor of the attack, despite being shot 18 times, while the only Catholic worker was ordered by the gunmen to flee the scene.

The inquest is scheduled to resume on 8th February 2019.