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.