Belfast Telegraph

Policeman's killers are refused bid to appeal

By Alan Erwin

Two dissident republicans jailed for the murder of constable Stephen Carroll have been denied permission for an appeal.

Judges at the Supreme Court in London ruled that an application by Brendan McConville and John Paul Wootton did not raise an arguable point of law of general public importance.

McConville and Wootton were jailed for life sentences after being convicted of the Continuity IRA murder of constable Carroll, who was the first member of the PSNI to be killed.

He was shot dead as he responded to a 999 call at Lismore Manor, Craigavon, in March 2009.

McConville (44), of Glenholme Avenue in the town, and Wootton (24), from Lurgan, were also convicted of possession of an AK47 assault rifle and ammunition with intent to endanger life. Wootton was further found guilty of attempting to collect information likely to be of use to terrorists.

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