Harte coyle Collins, Solicitors, have lodged an application for a fresh inquest with the Attorney General for Northern Ireland, into the shooting of William Norman Smyth on the 24th October 1978 on the doorstep of his home at Ballyclare Street, Belfast. The family of Mr Smyth allege that the shooting was carried out by a covert “black ops” unit of the British army secreted in the area for a number of days before the shooting. Mr Smyth, Chairman of the local Glenpark Social Club, was on his way home from work when he was killed by a single shot on his doorstep. He was 52 and the father of 7 children.
The application to the Mr John Larkin, the Attorney General, was lodged in August 2015 and relies upon new evidence unearthed by the family and the solicitors which they rely upon in supporting the the allegation that the shooting was carried out by a covert black operations unit.