‘John Pat is the only victim in this ... and he’s the one people are talking about least’

Charlie Agnew says his uncle’s death and the Hutchings trial became ‘political football’ in North

Charlie Agnew, nephew of John Pat Cunningham, in the field where his uncle was shot dead in Benburb, Co Tyrone, in 1974. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Charlie Agnew, nephew of John Pat Cunningham, in the field where his uncle was shot dead in Benburb, Co Tyrone, in 1974. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

When Charlie Agnew looks out over the field where his uncle, John Pat Cunningham, died, he thinks of how afraid he must have felt.

“I stand here, and I tend to think of John Pat running, running down there in what were those last few seconds of his life, and the amount of fear he would have out there. There were the soldiers in uniform, big men with guns, with English accents, shouting at him.

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