The death of British veteran soldier Dennis Hutchings: a questionnaire

Some questions:

  1. Do you believe that if someone is suspected of involvement in murder, the case should be investigated and charges brought?  YES/NO
  2. Do you believe the answer to 1. above should depend on the age of the person suspected? YES/NO
  3. Do you believe that the people who approached British Army veteran Dennis Hutchings and shook his hand did so because they thought he was being tried without reason or evidence? YES/NO
  4. Do you believe that the people who approached British Army veteran Dennis Hutchings and shook his hand did so because they knew he had been present at the scene of the killing of a young Catholic man with the mental age of 10? YES/NO
  5. Do you believe with John Donne that “Each man’s death diminishes me, For I am involved in mankind”?  YES/NO

Keeping in mind your answer to No. 5 above, score each of the statements below in terms of their closeness to Donne’s sentiment.

“I got to know Dennis over recent years. An elderly man, in poor health, he was determined to clear his name once and for all” – Danny Kinihan,  NI Veterans commissioner   /10

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hutchings family. We have said all along that Dennis should never have been brought to trial again, not least because of his health but also a lack of compelling new evidence.”   Jeffrey Donaldson, leader of the DUP.   /10

“Such sad news that he never got to live out his last days in peace. Awful. Spent last months of his life being hounded by a political show trial.”  –   Carla Lockhart, DUP MP, who attended each day of Mr Hutchings’s trial.  – /10

 “The strain on this man was cruel, with him requiring regular dialysis, while being brought to Belfast to face a trial of dubious provenance.”  – Jim Allister, leader of TUV.  /10

 “The questions must be asked, did this trial hasten Mr Hutchings’ death and did it meet the evidential and public interest tests?” – Leader of UUP Doug Beattie  /10

“I’m aware that there is a grieving family following the death of Denis Hutchings. The family of John Pat Cunningham also continue to grieve tonight, 47 years after he was gunned down by British soldiers. Let’s remember that grief knows no bounds.” Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew.   /10

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