Ex-commando David Griffin, 77, should be enjoying life as a Chelsea Pensioner but instead he’s being grilled by police – one of hundreds of British soldiers threatened with criminal charges 40 years after the Troubles.
David Griffin was serving in Northern Ireland at the height of the troubles. During an ambush a man died whilst he was under orders to save lives. David has received a letter from the Northern Ireland Historical Enquiries team. He now faces the prospect of murder or manslaughter charges from the incident.
Mr Griffin is a Chelsea Pensioner, Army veteran and an ex-Royal Marine. He is an old man now (aged 77) — quiet in demeanour, thoughtful; softy spoken — and he has earned a peaceful retirement.
But a dark shadow hangs over his years of loyal military service like a shroud. It relates to an incident 46 years ago when he was serving in Northern Ireland during the bloody height of the Troubles in 1972, when a man was killed.
More than four decades on, Mr Griffin was questioned by police about it as part of an investigation led by the Police Service of Northern Ireland.