Two men who admitted their part in the murder of a teenage schoolboy seven years ago were today ordered to spend at least 17 years behind bars between them.
Imposing a minimum nine year life sentence tariff on 26-year-old Christopher Francis Kerr and a minimum eight year tariff on Aaron Cavana Wallace (25) at Belfast Crown Court, judge Mr Justice Weatherup told them he was distinguishing between them as Kerr had obtained the baseball bat which was used to batter 15-year-old Michael 'Mickey Bo' McIveen to death in May 2006.
The man who used the bat to such lethal effect, Mervyn Wilson Moon (25) from Douglas Terrace, Ballymena, is currently serving a minimum ten year tariff after he pleaded guilty before his trial began four years ago.
While the pair were handed nine and eight year terms respectively, Kerr could apply to be released in just two years and Wallace in three and a half years due to time they have already spend in custody for the murder.
Last month on the third day of their trial Kerr, from Carnduff Drive and Wallace, from the Moat Road, both Ballymena, pleaded guilty to murdering the schoolboy.
It was however the second time they had been convicted of the killing as back in May 2009 both Kerr and Wallace were jailed for life after a jury convicted them of the schoolboy's murder, but the Court of Appeal quashed those convictions and ordered a retrial.