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End Stephen Carroll murder trial, accused’s brief says

The trial of two men who deny the murder of a policeman should be stopped and the case against them dismissed, Belfast Crown Court heard.

Lawyers for Brendan McConville (40), of Glenholme Avenue, Craigavon, and John Paul Wootton (20), from Collindale in Lurgan, told Lord Justice Girvan the evidence was such that it would be unsafe and unsatisfactory for the trial to continue.

Defence QC Brendan Kelly for McConville said that even if ‘Witness M’ could put McConville at the scene prior to the shooting of Constable Stephen Carroll, “what evidence was there he was up to no good?”.

Mr Kelly described the identification evidence as poor, and argued that a jury properly directed could not convict, unless there was supporting evidence, which he claimed the prosecution failed to produce. In conclusion, he said the inferences the prosecution asked should be drawn were weak and inconclusive.

After the conclusion of submissions from Arthur Harvey, QC for Wootton today, it is expected that the prosecution will present their counter arguments, before it is expected that Lord Justice Girvan will reserve his ruling on the “direction applications”.

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