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A former British soldier pursued for death Of a vulnerable man killed in 1974 during the North Irish conflict died on Monday, announced an association of veterans, whereas his trial unfolded.

Dennis Hutchings, 80, was judged by the Belfast court for the murder in 1974 by John Pat Cunningham, a 27-year-old man with heavy learning difficulties, killed by a patrol of soldiers in the rural County of Tyrone during The "disorders" of Northern Ireland.

The trial had been adjourned on Monday after Mr. Hutchings, who was already suffering from a serious kidney disease, had contracted CVIV-19.

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In the evening, the Northern Ireland Veteran's Movement (NIV) announced on Twitter the death of the former soldier at Belfast Mater Infirmorum Hospital.

The case of Mr. Hutchings has sparked many controversies, highlighting the inherited legacy of British military intervention in Northern Ireland.

British MP Jeffrey Donaldson, head of the Northern Ireland Unionist Democratic Party (DUP), whispered that Hutchings was "dragged before a court and hunted until his death".

"It was an 80-year-old veteran, in poor health, under dialysis and there was no convincing new evidence," he denounced in a statement, before asking to what extent was "Considered of public interest".

The Hutchings Trial, open two weeks ago, was only three days a week to allow the accused to follow a dialysis between the hearings.

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two or three bullets, on the five pulled, had touched the victim. But in the absence at the time of ballistic evidence, it is impossible to determine who had fired which shots, so that Hutchings is charged with attempted murder and not murder.

Nearly 3,500 people were killed during the "disorders" between the Pro-Ireland nationalists and the unionists pro-United Kingdom.

The British army, deployed for 38 years, has often been considered responsible for the most bloody episodes of the conflict.

The prosecution for the deaths of people in the hands of the army remains a politically sensitive subject in Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

The families of victims claim that they are denied justice against the soldiers representing the authority of the State.

The former soldiers denounce an imbalance of justice, stressing that the security forces are only 10% of the dead during this period while 30% of investigations focus on them.

The British government is committed to submitting an amnesty for the murders perpetrated on both sides.

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