TRASFERITO UFFICIALE DELLA PSNI PERCHE’ RITENUTO IN PERICOLO
Stabilito il trasferimento di un agente della PSNI i cui dati personali sono stati trovati in possesso diell’imputato per l’omicidio di Stephen Carroll
Un ufficiale del Police Service of Northern Ireland è stato trasferito dopo che informazioni strettamente personali riguardanti lo stesso, sono state ritrovate in possesso del diciottenne John Paul Wotton, attualmente agli arresti per l’omicidio di Stephen Carroll avvenuto lo scorso 9 marzo a Craigavon.
Il giovane deve rispondere delle accuse di omicidio, possesso di armi e di informazioni utili a fini terroristici.
L’accusa ha rivelato il sequesto di materiale scritto e fotografico che collegherebbero il sospettato al Continuity IRA, organizzazione paramilitare responsabile dell’omicidio dell’ufficiale di polizia.
Sono circa 600 gli elementi di prova a dover essere ancora analizzati.
Andrew Moriarty, avvocato difensore di Wootton che tutt’ora in carcere dopo il rifiuto della libertà su cauzione, dichiara che non esiste alcuna prova di DNA che leghi inconfutabilmente il suo assistito all’omicidio. Afferma anche che le tracce di polvere da sparo rinvenute su alcuni indumenti, non proverrebbero dall’arma del delitto.
Officer relocated over Carroll murder accused (U TV)
A serving police officer has had to be relocated because the teenager accused of murdering Constable Stephen Carroll had gathered information on him, the High Court has heard.
The disclosure was made as prosecutors opposed a bail application by 18-year-old John Paul Wootton.
The court also heard that forensic tests are still to be carried out on more than 600 items seized by detectives investigating the dissident republican killing.
A Crown lawyer claimed written and photographic material has been seized which links the suspect to the terrorist organisation behind the assassination in March.
Kate McKay said this included note books containing minutes of Continuity IRA meetings, and a computer document with promotional flyers and a recruitment drive.
Wootton, of Collingdale in Lurgan, is charged with the murder of Constable Carroll, who was ambushed as he responded to a 999 call in Craigavon.
He is also accused of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life, collecting information likely to be of use to terrorists, and membership of the Continuity IRA.
Bail was refused by a judge who described the alleged evidence against Wootton as a “formidable body of circumstances”.
According to the prosecution a Citroen Saxo car owned by the accused – then aged 17 – was parked 150 yards from the scene of Constable Carroll’s murder and driven off within minutes of the shooting.
Electronic surveillance was used to track the vehicle, which has since been seized and forensically examined, the court heard.
Clothing and cartridge discharge residue was recovered from the car. A sweat shirt belonging to Wootton was said to contain some of the residue.
Mrs McKay claimed more particles consistent with the ammunition used in the shooting was found on a brown coat retrieved in the boot of the Saxo.
This coat has been forensically linked to former Sinn Fein councillor Brendan McConville, 38, of Glenholme Avenue, Lurgan, who is also charged with the murder.
The barrister stressed how the probe into the killing was extensive and ongoing.
She said: “There is also forensic testing of over 600 items that were seized and remain outstanding in relation to the whole inquiry”.
Mrs McKay added that following his arrest Wootton declined to give an account to police.
Andrew Moriarty, defending, argued there was no DNA evidence linking his client to the scene of the shooting.
He also claimed a scientific report established that some of the cartridge discharge residue could not have come from the murder weapon.
An agreed bail address in Belfast was available, along with a £20,000 cash surety Wootton’s uncles were prepared to lodge.
But refusing bail, Mr Justice McLaughlin ruled it was not a case where the accused should be released.