After two decades of campaigning Paul Hill has been cleared of the Guildford pub bombing and the murder of a British soldier.
In 1974, at the age of just twenty one, Brian Shaw was kidnapped by the IRA and shot dead. His body was discovered in a derelict house on the Fall's Road in Belfast.
During Paul Hill's interrogation over the Guildford and Woolwich bombings, he confessed to his part in the murder of Brian Shaw.
After a long campaign, the Guildford conviction was quashed in 1989. While the other three members of the Guildford Four were released immediately, Paul Hill was returned to Belfast and only released pending his appeal on the Shaw murder.
Paul Hill went to America where he met and married Courtney Kennedy, daughter of assassinated US Attorney General Robert Kennedy.
The appeal court found that the prosecution had failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Paul Hill had not been ill treated while in custody at Guildford police station in 1974. Throughout the appeal hearing, Paul Hill's lawyer Lord Gifford claimed ill treatment citing an incident in which he said a gun had been pointed through the flap of Mr Hill's cell door. This claim was backed up by a former Surrey police officer. The Lord Chief Justice Sir Brian Hutton said that if that new evidence had been before the trial judge, then he would have ruled that such treatment would have induced Mr Hill to confess to RUC detectives the following day.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 21 April 1994. The reporter is Carol Coleman.