From the Pat Finucane Centre, on Facebook
Today, September 4, marks the 20th anniversary of the murder of Peter Mc Bride in Belfast by two members of the Scots Guards Regiment, James Fisher and Mark Wright. Despite their convictions for the murder of the unarmed teenager in broad daylight both soldiers were allowed to rejoin their regiment having served only three years of their life sentences. One, Mark Wright, was discharged for medical reasons following an shooting injury sustained in Iraq. The other, James Fisher, remains a serving soldier in the British Army.
As Jean Mc Bride deals with the daily consequence of loss and grief she is confronted with the additional agony that the British Government, army and large sections of the British media find it perfectly acceptable that the killer of an unarmed teenager should remain in the British armed forces. No demands in parliament that convicted murderers should be dismissed, no outrage on the Steven Nolan Show on the BBC as has been the case concerning the employment of others with convictions for murder, no demands to change the law as some Unionist politicians have campaigned for… just silence. Peter who ? And Guardsman James Fisher ? Twenty years ago today Wright and Fisher shot Peter in the back. They remained soldiers while in prison awaiting trial. They remained soldiers following their conviction. Fisher remains a soldier today. No outrage to be heard on behalf of an ordinary working class mother from a Catholic area of N. Belfast…just silence.