I wonder, and this is just speculation so don't anyone go off your head, but I hope this sad news doesn't mean they hyenas just move on to the next character.
That is exactly what they will do, this is an orchestrated campaign to delegitimise any mainland involvement in the Troubles in the eyes of the young born after the troubles and buttress the position and legacy of SF/IRA.
The behaviour of the MoD, UK Gov and in particular the NI Prosecution service show that cowardice we have in abundance and a fair sprinkling of those sympathetic to enabling Sinn Fein’s goals.
Will the next elderly British Soldier please stand up to be tried a third / forth / fifth time.
Do a search for IRA Tik Tock for an idea of how SF/IRA’s youth engagement campaign is doing, making big waves in the Republic and the US, not to mention here.