Council call to iTunes

Craigavon Mayor Colin McCusker has written to the giant iTunes organisation asking them to remove the “repulsive” recording ‘Justice for the Craigavon Two’ from its library.

‘The Craigavon Two’ refers to Brendan McConville (43) and John-Paul Wootton (23) who were convicted in March 2012 for the murder three years earlier of Constable Stephen Carroll, the first PSNI officer to be killed in a terrorist attack.

The murder was attributed to the Continuity IRA, with Constable Carroll being gunned down at Lismore Manor in Craigavon.

McConville received a sentence of at least 25 years and Wootton a minimum of 14 years. They lost an appeal a year ago for the verdict to be overturned.

The recording was launched on Sunday – it was sung by Pol Macdaim – and claims that the two men are innocent.

But on Monday night, UUP, DUP and SDLP members of the council – led by the Mayor – called for the recording to be scrapped.

Alderman Carla Lockhart said that the two men had, in fact, received justice. “They were convicted and their appeal was thrown out,” she added. “Stephen Carroll was a man of highest principle and integrity and was gunned down in cold blood in this despicable, disgusting attack. His widow Kate is still very much grieving.”

Councillor Joe Nelson agreed that both men had been given a judicious hearing “and if they feel there is an injustice, there is an appeals process”. He added, “It would be improper to release them. I knew Stephen Carroll personally through the Scouting movement and he used to come out to Aghagallon to help us in the Scouts. We’d have been lost without him.”

Councillor Darryn Causby said, “There are people who will do anything to glorify terrorism and attack the PSNI. This recording is shameful – rubbing salt in the wound - and it should be taken off iTunes.”