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  • Christina Drummond

Sergeant Michael Newman, Royal Corps of Signals

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1992, Sgt. Michael Newman, Royal Corps of Signals, died the day after being shot outside the army careers office in Derby, where he worked as a recruitment officer. He was acutely aware that he could be a target, and regularly checked underneath his car for bombs, varied his route to and from work, and did not wear his uniform outside his office. A witness said that Sgt. Newman had been in a brief conversation with two men, when one of them suddenly shot the sergeant in the side of the head at point-blank range. The INLA claimed responsibility, even though he had not served in Northern Ireland – they wrote to his parents to tell them that their son was “simply another cog in the wheel” of their fight to bring down the British Army. Three suspects were identified: Anthony Gorman had fled to Ireland and is reported to be still fighting extradition; Joseph Magee was eventually jailed for twenty-five years in 2004; Declan Duffy, who was the gunman and a teenager at the time, did not admit to the murder until July of 2010, when he was sentenced to twenty-four years. Magee and Duffy were both released early under the Good Friday Agreement, but earlier this year Duffy’s early release licence was suspended after he was arrested for other crimes. Sgt. Newman had joined the army in 1974 at the age of sixteen, and had served in Germany as well as in the U.K.. His mother and fiancee were at his hospital bedside when he died, his fiancee describing him as “a lovely man who would do no-one harm.” Michael was 34 years old and left behind a young son.

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