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Mc Cartney concerned at McDaid decision

11 October, 2011 - by Raymond McCartney

Sinn Féin vice-Chair of the Assembly Justice Committee, Raymond McCartney MLA (Foyle) has voiced concern at developments today at Coleraine Court when charges against a number of men involved in the Loyalist mob killing of Kevin McDaid have been reduced from murder to manslaughter.

Raymond McCartney said:

“People in Coleraine and further afield were rightly outraged at the time of this vicious killing which given the circumstances surrounding the attack could only be described as a sectarian hate crime.

“This development today will be devastating for the family of Kevin McDaid and will send out a message that sectarian attacks will not be pursued with the full rigour of the law. Reducing the charges to manslaughter will be perceived as a mechanism to ensure that the mandatory life sentence for murder is not available. The fear will be that this decision will result in inappropriately light sentences and another family fighting a lengthy campaign for justice for a loved one. It is ironic that this announcement coincided with the British governments insult in once more refusing the Finnucane family access to a full independent Inquiry into the murder of Human Rights Lawyer Pat Finnucane.

“The PPS has a responsibility to now give the family a detailed account of how it reached this decision.” CRÍOCH

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