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Killer's boasts 'help justify 30-year jail term'

A cutthroat killer's triumphalism after he murdered two teenage friends helped to justify his minimum 30-year jail sentence, the Court of Appeal has heard.

Steven Leslie Brown's threats and attempts to avoid being caught for stabbing to death David McIlwaine and Andrew Robb were further aggravating factors, a prosecution lawyer argued.

Brown (30) — also known as Steven Revels — is seeking a reduced jail term after failing to have convictions for the February 2000 killings overturned.

The 18 and 19-year-old victims' badly mutilated bodies were discovered on an isolated country road near Tandragee, Co Armagh.

They had been stabbed repeatedly in the stomach and had their throats slit.

The court heard that the killer later “rejoiced” and boasted about what he had done.

According to evidence, Brown said: “Such a buzz. Forgot what it was like to kill. The two b****** deserved it.”

Brown, formerly of Castle Place, Castlecaulfied, was found guilty in March 2009 of the murders, described by the trial judge as among the most gruesome of the last 40 years in Northern Ireland.

Following submissions from both legal teams Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan, sitting with Lord Justice Higgins and Mr Justice McCloskey, reserved judgment in the appeal.

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