THE widow of murdered policeman Stephen Carroll has hit out at the 14-year minimum sentence imposed on one of her husband’s killers.
John Paul Wootton, who was 17 at the time of the murder, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 14 years to be served before he is considered for parole.
Brendan McConville will serve a minimum of 25 years for the murder.
Constable Carroll, 48, was shot dead in Craigavon in March 2009.
Outside the court, his widow Kate said she was disgusted at the term imposed on Wootton, saying he had shown no remorse.
She added that the term would not act as a sufficient deterrent to other young people.
McConville, 41, of Glenholme Avenue, Craigavon, and Wootton, of Collingdale, Lurgan, were found guilty of his murder in March.
He was the first member of the Police Service of Northern Ireland to be murdered.
He died just 48 hours after two soldiers were shot dead by the Real IRA at an army base in Antrim.
At the time of the murder the Continuity IRA claimed responsibility for the killing.
PC Carroll’s widow, Kate, was in court and in a victim impact statement read out in court she said her husband’s death had been “heartbreaking and gutwrenching” and that she had lost her soulmate.