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    On Sat Sep 8th 2018

  • About NIVA

    Welcome to the website of the Northern Ireland Veterans Association (NIVA).

      NIVA is an internet based association (registered with COBSEO) with forum users and members all over the UK and abroad. Primarily for veterans of the Op Banner campaign from 1969 to 2007, be they ex or serving members of the UK armed forces, PSNI, NI fire/ambulance or prison services, we also particularly welcome relatives of the fallen.

      To register on the site as a forum user only, please **Click Here**. NB - for security reasons all applications are vetted and once admitted, permitted access to the open parts of the website/forum only. This is absolutely free to use.

    To join as a full or associate member of NIVA once registered on the forums, please follow the link in the downloads section of the site to download a membership application form which should be returned to the address shown together with payment and proof of service etc. All monies raised go towards the upkeep of the website and the organisation of NIVA's annual service of remembrance at the NMA in Alrewas. Full/associate members also gain admittance to the private areas of the website/forum where comrades can be assured of their personal security and enjoy all the banter and support you came to expect whilst serving the Crown. Additionally full members are invited to march with NIVA for Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph in London.

      If you have any queries please contact us at:

      The Northern Ireland Veterans Association
    PO Box 584
    South Yorkshire
    S63 3FW

  • 1981 John Proctor murder case based on cigarette DNA

    DNA on a cigarette discarded at the scene of a policeman's death 29 years ago led to a man being charged with murder, a court has heard.

    RUC reserve constable John Proctor, 25, was shot dead in Magherafelt in September 1981.

    Seamus Martin Kearney, 54, of Gorteade Road, Swatragh, was arrested on Monday.

    A policeman told the court his DNA sample matched one on the cigarette. Mr Kearney, who denies the charge, was granted bail.
    Mr Proctor had just visited his wife and new son in the Mid-Ulster Hospital in Magherafelt, when he was shot dead in the car park.
    Londonderry Magistrates Court heard tests were carried out on a cigarette butt found among 13 bullet shells at the scene of the murder in September 1981.
    Mr Kearney also faces a charge of possession of a firearm, an Armalite AR 15, with intent to endanger life.

    A defence lawyer argued the cigarette butt at the centre of the prosecution case was found two days after the murder in a heavily populated public area.
    He also claimed there was no forensic tent erected at the scene.
    He said the case against Mr Kearney was weak and there was no likelihood he would interfere with witnesses or fail to turn up for his trial.

    The district judge described the murder as cruel and tragic and carried out in a heartless fashion.
    He granted bail but he ordered the accused to report to police three times a week and surrender his passport.