RAAD mistaken identity victim is refused compensation

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BBC
11 Sept 2012

A Derry man who was shot by the vigilante group Republic Action Against Drugs, in what is thought to be a case of mistaken identity, has been refused compensation for his injuries.

45-year-old Paul Ward was shot twice in the stomach and still has a bullet lodged in his back since the shooting three years ago.

Mr Ward now claims the Compensation Agency says he will not be compensated because he did not co-operate with the police investigation into the shooting.

His case has been taken up by SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey who said he intends to raise the matter with the Compensation Agency and the police

Mr Ward said he is devastated, and getting the letter from the Compensation Agency was like being shot all over again.

Mr Ward, who has agreed to be identified for the first time, said the Agency’s claim is ridiculous.

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