Belfast Telegraph

Editor's Viewpoint: PPS in the dock

Gary Taylor and Nigel Brown almost escaped justice for the horrific murder of North Belfast schoolboy Thomas Devlin, not through lack of assistance by the community to the police but, astonishingly, because of the Public Prosecution Service which first ruled that there was insufficient evidence to bring the killers to trial.

It was only through the tenacity of Thomas' parents that a prosecution was eventually launched. The PPS owes it to the family and society in general to explain clearly its initial reluctance to prosecute. The full rigour of the law and the justice system should always be brought to bear on killers.

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