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Time killer Hazel realised she has run out of road

Published 25/02/2016

I refer to the letter from Christopher Eames (Write Back, February 23) headlined 'No grounds for appeal in Hazel Stewart case'.

I was greatly encouraged to read that letter, as well as the words of Lord Neuberger (Supreme Court President) who said: "The principle of joint murder is not in question", adding: "A person who intentionally assists or encourages another to commit an offence is guilty of that offence as a secondary party." I trust that the respective families who have suffered immeasurable agony as a result of the actions of Colin Howell and Hazel Stewart will be spared further pain with respect to any possible appeal that Stewart may think she is entitled to.

Given that her double murder trial and subsequent court proceedings have cost the taxpayer in legal aid over £440,000, I think it's surely long past time when the whistle should be blown and Stewart told she has exhausted due process.

It is therefore appropriate that she completes the jail sentence handed down by now-retired Judge Anthony Hart, who on her conviction, summed up her actions very well when he said she could at various times have stopped the murders.

The jury of the day got it right when they unanimously convicted Stewart.

This whole matter must surely be compounding the pain of the Buchanan family circle.

GEORGE F D YOUNG

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