Barry McCrory mother: Justice has not been done
The grieving mother of murder victim Barry McCrory said she did not agreed with Mr Justice Horner's ruling, and that there has been "no justice" for her son.
Saying she will never get over her son's "cruel" death, Ann McCrory paid tribute to a loving son and father of two. She also completely denied speculation that her son was involved in drug dealing.
The Londonderry woman also revealed that her heartache was compounded by watching CCTV footage of her son's last recorded moments, the evening before he was executed in a flat in Shipquay Street.
Mrs McCrory said: "My first reaction was one of disgust at the justice system. Even if Kieran McLaughlin had been found guilty, that's not going to bring Barry back. But I don't agree with the sentence and I feel after what happened today that there's been no justice for my son.
"Barry was a kind and loving son, and a caring father. He was a good son to me - I could have asked him to do anything for me and he would have done it no bother.
"All my life, he would have kissed me on the cheek before leaving me. I saw him the week before he was murdered and the last thing he did was give me a wee kiss and wave goodbye to me. A week later, he came home to me in a wooden box."
Mrs McCrory admitted that whilst her son had a criminal record, he had no convictions for any drugs-related offence. She also emphatically denied her son was involved in dealing drugs.
She said: "No matter where Barry was, he never missed by birthday or anniversary. I always got a card from him."
Mrs McCrory, along with other relatives, attended Belfast Crown Court every day throughout the trial. As she revealed: "I sat the whole way through the trial and I had to listen to and watch some very heartbreaking things, like the CCTV of Barry's last moments the night before he died.
"My son died a very cruel and sore death, and I know in my heart of hearts who killed him.
"As a family, we are devastated - not just by Barry's murder but by what happened in court today."
Belfast Telegraph Digital