Sabotage claim in Carroll killers appeal

Published Monday, 29 April 2013
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The High Court in Belfast has heard a claim that the PSNI attempted to sabotage the appeal of two men convicted of killing one of their officers, Constable Stephen Carroll.

Sabotage claim in Carroll killers appeal
Brendan McConville and John Paul Wootton who were found guilty of murder. (© Pacemaker)

Brendan McConville and John Paul Wooton were found guilty last year of the murder of Constable Carroll, which happened as the officer answered a 999 call in Craigavon in March 2009.

But the pair have since launched an appeal against the verdicts, which saw McConville handed a minimum of 25 years in prison and Wooton a minimum of 14 years.

The defence now claim a new witness has come forward who alleges the key prosecution witness in the original trial is a compulsive liar and a 'Walter Mitty' character.

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.

Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan

With supporters of McConville and Wooton in the packed public gallery, a few feet from Constable Carroll's widow Kate, a defence QC further told the court that their new witness had been arrested by police last Thursday and held for two days.

Senior judges were further told that the officers forced their way into the home of the witness and warned him that he would be discredited if he went to court.

The lawyer claimed that this was an attempt by the police to sabotage the appeal by McConville, 41 and from Tullygally in Craigavon, and Wooton, 22 and from Collingdale in Lurgan.

The defence confirmed that they are to lodge a complaint with the Police Ombudsman, while letters will also be sent to the Public Prosecution Service and the Law Society.

The appeal has now been adjourned until October.

© UTV News
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Craigavon in Craigavon wrote (540 days ago):
@me in larne. the supposed gun residue on the jacket and in the car was a different make-up to the residue found at the killing scene.also the coat in the car could have been wearing by up to five people..also you say about jp woottons car being in the drumbeg estate? well he hung about drumbeg and was never out of the estate.the vehicle claimed by the prosecution to have been involved in the shooting did not make a hasty get away but in fact did not even leave the area where it had been parked until ten minutes after the shooting.by this point a PSNI helicopter with spotlight on was already hovering over the Drumbeg Estate..before you play the card how did the chopper get up that quick it was already up due to a bomb scare at Lurgan police station.
me in larne wrote (542 days ago):
@ craigavon i suppose witness M was responsible for the gun residue in the car and on the jacket ????????
Craigavon in Craigavon wrote (542 days ago):
@ me in larne. .Witness M did not come forward for 11 months. .Witness M was intoxicated when he contacted PSNI. .Witness M continuously lied under oath .Witness M testimony medically impossible. .Witness M identity hidden to stop proper cross examination .Witness M was accompanied by his partner on the night in question yet she was unable to confirm his version of events. .Witness M benefited financially from his involvement. .Covert british army unit involved in evidence tampering .a tracking device fitted to jp wootton's car shows that the vehicle at no time went anywhere near the housing estate where the ak47 used in the shooting was later discovered. .data from the tracking device was mysteriously wiped while the device was in the hands of the army. no plausible explanation was ever given to why this happened. . when the ak47 was used in the shooting was discovered a partial fingerprint was found on the internal spring mechanism of the magazine.this fingerprint was matched against the fingerprints of Brendan mcconville and jp wootton. no matches were found.
lorna in limavady wrote (543 days ago):
I feel so sorry for Kate have to sit through the wangling. She must be horrified by what she is witnessing. same old same old story. That is why many killers get off. anything the police can be framed with gives them satisfictory results. But sure it must be easier for better result for the police to investigate murder when we hear now how everyone in the Sinn Fein party supports the police.
me in larne wrote (543 days ago):
Summing up the evidence against McConville and Wootton, Lord Justice Girvan said: "The presence of McConville at the firing point, his association with Wootton on the night in question, the presence of Wootton and his car in Drumbeg at all material times ... "The presence of McConville's jacket in the boot of Wootton's car, the gunshot residue on the jacket, the gunshot residue in the car, the documents from the computer, the photographs of John Paul Wootton in uniform and participating at a paramilitary event, his attempt to obtain the address of a police officer ... "All combine to lead to the conclusion that they were both intimately involved in the plan to murder the deceased." YEAH SOUNDS INNOCENT TO ME !!!
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