Wootton and McConville appeal adjourned

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.
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A COURT has heard a claim that police in Northern Ireland attempted to sabotage the appeal of two men convicted of murdering one of their officers in Craigavon.

Local men Brendan McConville and John Paul Wootton were found guilty of murdering Constable Stephen Carroll but are appealing against the verdict.

The Court of Appeal in Belfast heard that a new witness has come forward who has said a key prosecution witness in the 2012 trial is a “compulsive liar”.

The new witness was arrested last week.

A lawyer for Mr McConville told the court that it appeared the arrest was “an attempt to sabotage this appeal”.

The three judges agreed to a prosecution request to adjourn the case.

The appeal will now be heard in October.

Constable Stephen Carroll was shot dead by dissident republican paramilitaries in Craigavon, County Armagh, on 9 March 2009.

He was the first Police Service of Northern Ireland officer to be murdered since its formation in 2001.

McConville, of Glenholme Avenue, Craigavon, and Wootton, of Collindale, Lurgan, were found guilty of the murder in March 2012.