Pair Found Guilty Of Killing Police Officer
Two men, including a former Sinn Fein councillor, have been found guilty of the murder of Roman Catholic police officer Stephen Carroll in March 2009.
The judge said the two men, Brendon McConville , 40, and John Paul Wootton, 20, committed a “callous and cowardly crime”.
After the verdict Constable Carroll’s widow Kate hugged her husband’s police colleagues who had helped to investigate his murder.
Speaking to Sky News she said: “We as a family have been totally devastated since Stephen was so brutally taken away from us.
“My life will never be the same again.
“I am happy we have got this far but we have a long way to go. Not everyone connected with Steve’s murder has been found guilty.”
Wootton was also found guilty of collecting information for the use of terrorism.
He had tried to get hold of the address of another policeman weeks before Stephen Carroll’s murder.
Mr Carroll was shot dead two days after two British soldiers were murdered in a Real IRA gun attack outside the Massereene barracks in Antrim town.
He was killed by a single gunshot to the head as he sat in an unmarked police car while his colleagues answered a 999 call in the Lismore Manor area.
Responsibility for the murder was claimed by the Continuity IRA at the time.
The prosecution claimed the gunmen had lured the policeman to his death by prompting the emergency call out after throwing a brick through a house window.
Const Carroll, 48, from Banbridge, County Down, was the first policeman to be killed by Republican terrorists since the peace process reforms which saw the Royal Ulster Constabulary replaced by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).