Police welcome life sentence for Belfast claw hammer murderer Louis Maguire
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.
"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.