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Victims being denied justice by ‘scandalous’ pace of Northern Ireland court system, claims expert as longest-running case enters ninth year

Delays can’t be explained away by Covid alone

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Awaiting trial: Defendants in long-running court cases (top row, from left) Colin Duffy, Alex McCrory, Harry Fitzsimons. Middle row, from left: Carl Reilly, Paul Crawford, Raymond O’Neill. Bottom row, from left: Daniel Sebastian Allen, Karen McDonald and Niall Cox

Awaiting trial: Defendants in long-running court cases (top row, from left) Colin Duffy, Alex McCrory, Harry Fitzsimons. Middle row, from left: Carl Reilly, Paul Crawford, Raymond O’Neill. Bottom row, from left: Daniel Sebastian Allen, Karen McDonald and Niall Cox

Awaiting trial: Defendants in long-running court cases (top row, from left) Colin Duffy, Alex McCrory, Harry Fitzsimons. Middle row, from left: Carl Reilly, Paul Crawford, Raymond O’Neill. Bottom row, from left: Daniel Sebastian Allen, Karen McDonald and Niall Cox

Northern Ireland’s Crown Court system is so slow it is “denying justice” to many victims, an expert has said, as it was revealed that the longest-running criminal case is now entering its ninth year.

It involves Lurgan republican Colin Duffy and the Belfast men Alex McCrory and Harry Fitzsimons.


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