Lyons urges review of sentence for brutal Greenisland killing

15 August 2017

East Antrim MLA Gordon Lyons has called on the PPS to refer the sentence handed down for the brutal killing of a Greenisland pensioner to the Court of Appeal.

Gordon Lyons MLA

Gordon Lyons

Yesterday Margaret Henderson-McCarroll was sentenced to three years in prison after she pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Eddie Girvan.

Mr Lyons said, “This was a brutal attack on Mr Girvan. Yesterday, the judge rightly called it horrific.

People in Greenisland are therefore shocked and outraged at the unduly lenient sentence that has been handed down. The justice system should be able to demonstrate that those who commit serious and dangerous crimes will face the full rigour of the law. Sentences like this do not send a clear message to those who are criminals and who seek to destroy life and property. The taking of a life should result in more than just three years in prison.

I would urge that the PPS refer this decision to the Court of Appeal so that an appropriate sentence can be imposed and that justice would be done.” 

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