Sentences appealed

Pacemaker Press 24/3/09 A teenager, John Paul Wootton arrives at Lisburn Court house charged with the murder of constable Stephen Carroll who was shot dead in Craigavon two weeks ago .'A policeman's family was relocated amid claims a teenager facing a murder charge was gathering intelligence for terrorists, the High Court has heard.'The claim was made as John Paul Wootton, 18, of Collingdale, Lurgan, County Armagh, was refused bail.'He is charged with murdering Constable Stephen Carroll, 48, at Lismore Manor, Craigavon in March.
Pacemaker Press 24/3/09 A teenager, John Paul Wootton arrives at Lisburn Court house charged with the murder of constable Stephen Carroll who was shot dead in Craigavon two weeks ago .'A policeman's family was relocated amid claims a teenager facing a murder charge was gathering intelligence for terrorists, the High Court has heard.'The claim was made as John Paul Wootton, 18, of Collingdale, Lurgan, County Armagh, was refused bail.'He is charged with murdering Constable Stephen Carroll, 48, at Lismore Manor, Craigavon in March.

THE DPP wants the sentences of both men convicted of murdering Constable Stephen Carroll referred to the Court of Appeal for being unduly lenient.

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

Brendan McConville, 40, of Glenholme Avenue, Craigavon, and John Paul Wootton, 20, of Collingdale, Lurgan, were found guilty of the murder.

McConville was sentenced to a minimum of 25 years, while Wootton was told he must serve at least 14.

At the end of May it was revealed that Wootton’s sentence would be referred to the Court of Appeal, but there was no mention of McConville’s.

However, in a statement on Monday the Public Prosecution Service said: “The Director of Public Prosecutions, Barra McGrory QC, today confirmed that he has sought leave to refer the sentences imposed on both John Paul Wootton and Brendan McConville to the Court of Appeal on the ground that the sentences are unduly lenient.

“The director has exercised his powers under section 36 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (as amended by section 4 of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002).”