Murder trial to proceed

Pacemaker Press 25/3/09 Tight security as 37 year old Brendan McConville arrives at Lisburn Court house charged with the murder of Constable Stephen Carroll who was shot by the RIRA in Craigavon two weeks ago. McConville is a former Sinn Fein councillor.
Pacemaker Press 25/3/09 Tight security as 37 year old Brendan McConville arrives at Lisburn Court house charged with the murder of Constable Stephen Carroll who was shot by the RIRA in Craigavon two weeks ago. McConville is a former Sinn Fein councillor.

THE case against two men accused of murdering Constable Stephen Carroll in Craigavon in 2009 will go ahead, a judge has ruled today (Monday).

Defence QCs for Brendan McConville and John Paul Wootton had moved to have the case dismissed.

McConville, 40, from Glenholme Avenue in Craigavon and 20-year-old Wootton from Collingdale in Lurgan deny any involvement in the murder.

On Monday counsel said the accused would not give evidence and the pair had been “advised accordingly” about the inferences which may be drawn by the Diplock judge by their refusals to testify.

Wootton’s mother Sharon Wootton, also from Collingdale, Lurgan, has pleaded guilty to a charge of obstructing police by removing a computer from her home address to another property in the area.

48-year-old Constable Carroll was shot dead in March 2009 as he responded to a 999 call in Lismore Manor, Craigavon.

The trial continues.

More reports on the case in this week’s print edition of the Lurgan Mail.