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Kelly comments on Thomas Devlin case sentencing

11 May, 2010 - by Gerry Kelly

Speaking today after the killers of North Belfast teenager Thomas Devlin were sentenced to 30 years and 22 years in gaol, Executive Minister and North Belfast M.L.A. Gerry Kelly said,

"I want to take this opportunity to once again praise the parents of Thomas Devlin for their campaign for justice. In the midst of the most crippling grief they were forced to overcome huge obstacles placed in their way by the PPS Public Prosecution Service."

"Their tireless campaign was based on the highest possible motives of ensuring that these killers would be brought before the courts and prevented from visiting this terrible fate on another family."

"It is a priority now that policing and justice powers have been transferred to the Assembly that the PPS is made accountable and fit for purpose. No other grieving family should ever have their distress compounded by such an obstructive system again."

"The deeply rooted sectarianism that produced these killers is sickening. The scourge of sectarianism has to be confronted at every opportunity by the community and we all have a responsibility to stand up against it."

"The persistence and perseverance in the most terrible of circumstances shown by Thomas's parents is truly quite humbling and I wish to extend the gratitude of the community to the Devlin Family."

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