29/04/2013

Sabotage Claim In Constable Carroll Murder Appeal

The High Court in Belfast has heard a claim the the PSNI attempted to sabotage the appeal of two men convicted of murdering Constable Stephen Carroll.

Brendan McConvill and John Paul Wooton are appealing against their convictions, after they were found guilty last year of the murder.

McConville received a 25 year minimum sentence and Wooton got a minima of 14 years.
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A new witness has come forward who alleges the key prosecution witness in the previous trial is a "compulsive liar".

The new witness was arrested last Thursday and held for two days before being released without charge.

Constable Carroll, 48, was shot dead in Craigavon in March 2009.

Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan said: "It seems to us there is such a high level of uncertainty as to the factual circumstances surrounding the position that we are faced with having no alternative but to adjourn this appeal."

(CD)

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