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Killer of PSNI constable Stephen Carroll gets married inside Maghaberry jail

Brendan McConville (45), a prisoner in the high-security dissident republican Roe 4 wing of Maghaberry, wed English fiancée Siobhán Monaghan in a small ceremony inside jail
John Monaghan

ONE of the men convicted of the killing of PSNI Constable Stephen Carroll has got married in prison.

Brendan McConville (45), a prisoner in the high-security dissident republican Roe 4 wing of Maghaberry, wed English fiancée Siobhán Monaghan in a small ceremony inside jail on Monday.

Photos on social media showed the couple celebrating their ceremony.

Among the guests was prominent republican Brian Chivers, whose conviction for murdering British soldiers Mark Quinsey and Patrick Azimkar outside Massereene Barracks in 2009 was overturned after a retrial.

The Prison Service declined to comment on the ceremony.

On Sunday, Ms Monaghan tweeted: "I'm getting married in the morning. Ding dong the bells are going to chime."

It is believed that Ms Monaghan (49), a single mother, began a relationship with McConville after sending letters from her home in Oxford to his cell.

Ms Monaghan, who is expected to return to England to live after the wedding, has made regular trips to visit McConville in jail and has posted photos of the couple on social media.

She has previously described Maghaberry as "Ireland's Guantánamo Bay" on social media.

The first police officer to be killed since the formation of the PSNI, Constable Carroll was shot dead after being lured to a call-out in Lismore Manor in Craigavon in March 2009.

Prominent republican Brian Chivers with the bride 

McConville, from Craigavon, was convicted of the murder of Constable Carroll in 2012 and ordered to serve a minimum of 25 years in jail.

John Paul Wootton (25), from Lurgan, was also convicted and sentenced to 14 years.

Both men deny any part in the attack and maintain they are innocent, and a group, Justice for the Craigavon Two, has been established to campaign for their release.

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