THE senior detective who led the hunt for Constable Stephen Carroll’s killers said other members of the Continuity IRA gang were still at large.
Detective Chief Inspector Ricky Harkness was speaking after the Court of Appeal threw out any appeal by Brendan McConville and John Paul Wootton to quash their convictions for murdering Constable Carroll in Craigavon in 2009.
Said DCI Harkness: “Our thoughts today are with Kate Carroll and the Carroll family.
“The PSNI is committed to protecting communities and delivering a policing service through the criminal justice system.
“This case proceeded through the criminal justice system, passing every test in terms of grounds for arrest, evidence to charge, going to trial and securing convictions.
“The Court of Appeal has upheld those convictions. We welcome this decision.
“It is an acknowledgement of all the hard work by Serious Crime Branch detectives and partner agencies to get justice for a valued and much missed colleague.
“More than two people were involved in the murder of Constable Carroll.
“Anyone with any information about others involved in the attack is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.
“Information can also be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”