Witness in PSNI Constable Stephen Carroll murder trial a liar, appeal bid told
A key prosecution witness at the trial of two men jailed for murdering PSNI Constable Stephen Carroll is a "compulsive liar" who lives in a world of his own, a court has heard.
Defence lawyers claimed he has been branded a Walter Mitty-type character by his own family, and described his account of what he saw on the night of the shooting as "farcical".
The man's reliability came under attack as Brendan McConville and John Paul Wootton began appeals at Belfast's Court of Appeal yesterday against being found guilty of murder.
Constable Carroll was shot dead as he responded to a 999 call at Lismore Manor, Craigavon in March 2009.
McConville (42), of Glenholme Avenue in the town, is serving at least a 25-year sentence for the murder.
Wootton (22), of Collindale, Lurgan, received a minimum 14-year term.
McConville's legal team opened the hearing with a scathing assessment of the account given by a man referred to only as Witness M, who claimed to have seen their client in the area around the time of the killing.