29/05/2014

Stephen Carroll Murder - Pair Lose Appeal

Two men jailed for the murder of police constable Stephen Carroll in 2009 have lost an appeal against their convictions.

Constable Carroll was shot dead by the dissident republicans as he responded to a 999 call in Craigavon, County Armagh, in 2009.

He was the first police officer to be killed since the formation of the PSNI.

42-year-old Brendan McConville of Glenholme Avenue in Craigavon and 22-year-old John Paul Wootton from Colindale in Lurgan are serving life sentences for the murder.

Speaking after today's decision, Detective Chief Inspector Ricky Harkness said: "Our thoughts today are with Kate Carroll and the Carroll family. The Police Service of Northern Ireland is committed to protecting communities and delivering a policing service through the criminal justice system.

"This case proceeded through the criminal justice system, passing every test in terms of grounds for arrest, evidence to charge, going to trial and securing convictions. The Court of Appeal has upheld those convictions. We welcome this decision. It is an acknowledgement of all the hard work by Serious Crime Branch detectives and partner agencies to get justice for a valued and much missed colleague.

"More than two people were involved in the murder of Constable Carroll. Anyone with any information about others involved in the attack is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

(IT)

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