Patsy Devine

Patsy Devine

Patsy Devine’s sons Michael, 22, and David, 16, were shot dead by the SAS in their hometown of Strabane, Co Derry, on 23rd February 1985. They and a third man, Charles Breslin, were killed while moving IRA weapons to a dump on the edge of a field. Forensic evidence showed that the IRA weapons were not fired. Despite this, the SAS were found to have fired 117 rounds. A pathologist said Michael’s wounds were ‘almost beyond interpretation’. There were no prosecutions for the killings.