Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Denial of Legal Aid Is Not Fair, Say Family

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Denial of Legal Aid Is Not Fair, Say Family

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Byline: Dan Warburton

THE PARENTS of a sailor killed when an oxygen generator exploded onboard a nuclear submarine last night accused the Government of denying them fair legal representation at his inquest.

Brian and Pauline McCann's son Paul was killed alongside Sunderland- born submariner Anthony Huntrod on HMS Tireless during a training exercise off Alaska in March 2007.

Mr and Mrs McCann's request for legal aid to fund their own lawyer at the inquest, due to start next month, has been rejected by the Ministry of Justice, which has allowed funding for just one advocate to represent the families of both victims.

A Board of Inquiry into the deaths of Leading Mechanic Operator McCann, 32, from Halesowen in the West Midlands, and Operator Mechanic Huntrod, 20, heavily criticised the Navy and the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

It blamed "systematic failings" within the organisations for the tragedy, and led Armed Forces Minister Bob Ainsworth to issue an "unreserved" apology in the Commons. …

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