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Joint enterprise ruling may impact Stephen Caroll case

Stephen Carroll was murdered in March 2009
Connla Young

SOLICITORS for two Co Armagh men convicted of killing PSNI officer Stephen Carroll say the Supreme Court ruling on joint enterprise may have implications for their case.

Brendan McConville and John Paul Wootton are both serving lengthy prison sentences after being convicted of the 2009 murder.

Constable Carroll (48) was shot dead by a Continuity IRA sniper as he answered an emergency call in Craigavon.

Both men denied any part in the attack.

In 2014 the appeal court in Belfast dismissed the men’s case, while the Supreme Court in London has since refused to hear an appeal.

McConville’s lawyer Darragh Mackin, of KRW Law, said this week's judgment will be considered.

“What we can say unequivocally is that the ruling has huge implications for a number of cases that involve joint enterprise.

“Joint enterprise clearly was part of the basis on which the convictions were upheld as safe before the Court of Appeal.

“We are now looking at the implication of the ruling on that finding.”

McConville’s legal team is currently preparing an application for the Criminal Case Review Commission.

Patrick Carty of the Justice for the Craigavon Two campaign said all avenues will be considered.

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