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Police welcome life sentence for Belfast claw hammer murderer Louis Maguire

Published 01/12/2016

Eamonn Ferguson’s friends and family leaving court after the sentencing
Eamonn Ferguson’s friends and family leaving court after the sentencing
Christopher Power
Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes

The PSNI has welcomed the life sentence handed to claw hammer murderer Louis Maguire, with a senior officer saying that a "dangerous" man has been taken off the streets.

Reacting to yesterday's hearing in which the killer was sentenced to a minimum of 17 years behind bars, Chief Superintendent Kevin Geddes also paid tribute to Mr Ferguson's family.

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"As a result of the proceedings in court, a very dangerous individual is going to start a very long sentence in prison," Superintendent Geddes said.

"For that we are very grateful, and communities will be much safer. I would also like to firstly pay tribute to the Ferguson family for the dignity, grace and courage they have shown since the murder of Eamonn. Without their support, we would not be here today.

"I would also like to pay tribute to the people and the community in Ardoyne who supported us, who allowed us into their houses, who made statements, who assisted the police and who showed trust and confidence in us. I think this is an example that when communities, families and police work together, we can achieve a criminal justice outcome."

Mr Geddes also paid tribute to his major investigation teams and uniformed officers who provided support, as well as the Public Prosecution Service and senior counsel.

Louis Maguire
Louis Maguire
Louis Maguire with Eamonn earlier the previous day, 14 March 2014, outside a bookmakers.
Louis Maguire, wearing a blue jacket, and Christopher Power buying mixers after they had been in Belfast city centre with Eamonn and were returning to Maguire’s house for drinks. Eamonn was waiting outside.
In the early hours of 15 March (time code is one hour fast) Louis Maguire wearing a different jacket buying cigarettes. This was after he murdered Eamonn but before he made the 999 call. Detectives believe Maguire destroyed the blue jacket because it was stained with Eamonn’s blood.
Christopher Power

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