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Devlin family seek meeting with Attorney General

The parents of Thomas Devlin have said they are urgently seeking a meeting with Attorney General over how the Public Prosecution Service handled their son’s murder.

They have criticised Baroness Scotland for backing the the actions of the PPS, describing her comments as “unhelpful”.

Jim Devlin and Penny Holloway criticised the PPS for its original decision not to prosecute the two men, Nigel Brown and Gary Taylor, who were this week convicted of killing the north Belfast teenager.

Lawyers and senior politicians have called for a root-and-branch review of the PPS.

But Baroness Scotland defended the PPS handling of the case and dismissed suggestions that the service had been too cautious.

Penny Holloway said the Attorney General “should carry out her function of superintendence” and said she would be seeking a meeting with her to discuss the case.

A spokesman for the Attorney General declined to comment.

The Devlin family are set to meet with the PPS in the coming weeks after a row broke out after the conviction of Brown and Taylor on Wednesday.

The family have spoken of their frustration at the original PPS decision on evidence against Nigel Brown (26) and Gary Taylor (23), who both denied killing Thomas.

The PPS confirmed it will be meeting with the Devlin family in the coming weeks to “discuss the issues of concern to them at a mutually convenient date”.

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