Appeal application rejected


The court  rejected an application to hear an appeal over the sentencing of two men for murdering a policeman.
Brendan McConville and John Paul Wootton were convicted of murdering Stephen Carroll in Craigavon in 2009.
In this case the judges said they were refusing permission to appeal “because the application does not raise an arguable point of law of general public importance which ought to be considered by the Supreme Court at this time, bearing in mind that the case has already been the subject of judicial decision and reviewed on appeal”.
Both men are currently serving life sentences for murdering Constable Carroll, who was the first member of the Police Service of Northern Ireland to be killed.
The Court of Appeal increased Wootton’s minimum jail term from 14 to 18 years last October after ruling it was unduly lenient.
McConville is serving at least a 25-year-sentence for the murder.
Both men lost their appeals against their convictions in May 2014. The Supreme Court’s decision means that the Court of Appeal’s ruling stands.


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