Belfast Telegraph

Killer who stabbed Co Armagh man in neck greets sentence with a smile


A convictedBY killer smiled and winked as his victim's family looked on after being told he will spend just over three years in jail for stabbing a Co Armagh man to death.

Richhill father-of-one Marc Williamson (21) died after he was stabbed in the neck with a kitchen knife and punched by drinking partner Denver Cardwell in an attack in the killer's Portadown flat on August 14, 2011.

Speaking outside court yesterday, Marc's parents spoke of their "life-sentence" of grief as his killer was caged for just over three years.

They said they were devastated at the leniency of the sentence and will be writing to the Attorney General to appeal it.

"He'll do his three-and-a-half years; we'll do our life sentence," Mrs Williamson said.

Mr Williamson added: "It is a big kick in the face, no justice for my son."

Cardwell (26), who was found guilty of manslaughter earlier this year, was handed an 11-year sentence at Craigavon Crown Court yesterday, but due to time he has already spent on remand he will be released in three years and three months.

After sentencing, the convicted killer smiled and winked at his lawyer as he was led away in cuffs.

Cardwell, of Hartfield Avenue in Portadown, has six previous convictions and is a drug addict, who recently failed a prison drugs test.

Last week a probation officer said Cardwell had shown a lack of empathy and hadn't accepted full responsibility for the killing.

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