Stone’s early release licence revoked

As the BBC have reported, the Secretary of State for Wales etc, Peter Hain has revoked Michael Stone’s early release licence, following yesterday’s attempted attack at Stormont, [technically NIO Minister Paul Goggins signed the order – Ed], which will mean that, if Lord Chief Justice Sir Brian Kerr accepts the minimum recommended tariff from Stone’s original sentence, he will serve at least a further 18 years in prison.From the NIO statement

Mr Hain said: “Following Michael Stone’s actions of yesterday he has been charged with a number of very serious offences. As he is in clear breach of the conditions of his release I have suspended his ‘early’ release licence with immediate effect.

I will not hesitate to act to suspend the licence of any prisoner who was released under the early release scheme (the Northern Ireland Sentences) Act 1998), introduced following the signing of the Good-Friday Agreement, if they present a risk to the safety of others.[added emphasis]

“My priority is public safety and the interests of the whole community and I cannot permit freedom to any individual intent on abusing the opportunity they have been given to benefit from the early release scheme.”

That is, he will not hestitate unless other considerations come into play..

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  • young newt

    No chance of seeing him on next year’s ‘I’m a Celebrity,get me out of here’ then?

  • Talk about locking the door after the horse has bolted.

    Clearly this man has serious mental health problems and should have been monitored before yesterdays events.

    LHW Said about the voices in Stones head and the pain he was feeling.

    A complete lack of monitoring of ex-prisoners results in this kind of event, so, although Stone claims he acted alone, authorities must share some of the blame.

    However, thankfully yesterday proved to be less than fatal and hopefully in future ex-prisoners will get the kind of monitoring that will prevent this kind of thing happening again.

    Surely as the final deal approaches there will be disaffected ex-prisoners from both sides with existing mental health issues that could errupt at any moment.

    This calls into question the whole subject of ex-prisoners, some of whom have severe mental health issues.

    I am calling for a bi-partisan approach that offers help to these ex-prisoners and flags up any potential threat.

  • mickyfin

    I would like to know how a known terrorist got into stormount without being elected.just for the crack, its a bit funny how no cops or brits were about again.if you remember they stayed away from milltown that day, for the first time in a very long time just a thought

  • Furthermore, this revoking of his licence should have been done on mental health grounds and he should have been admitted to a secure mental hospital along time ago.

    As should any other ex-prisoners if deemed to be a threat, to themselves or others.

  • I am curious as to why he is only being charged with the attempted murders of Adams & McGuinness, in addition to the guards that tackled him? Why limit charges to just those two, why not all SF MLAs or all 108 MLAs in the chamber? Why not Paisley? Stone was raving about a sell out by Paisley.

    Did he give some statement that we are yet to hear or is there some other rationale for believing he was targetting GA & MM?

    There’s probably nothing there but perhaps it’s a bit of PR along the lines that if Stone is willing to kill GA & MM for agreeing to StAA then it must have been a good deal for republicans?

  • consider this

    Michael Stone (MS) scrawled on the wall with spray paint before trying to enter the stormont building. Obviously drawing attention to himself.

    He carried an immitation fire arm from reports I have read. As well as some crudely made nail bombs.

    This was not the same MS of Milltown….

    Is he just like Brooks in Shawshank — happiest when inside.

  • Doreen

    Mickyfin,

    A couple of interesting points: it’s all right for a known elected terrorist to get into Stormont, but a non-elected terrorist cannot take a walk in the grounds.

    I would have no terrorist “about the place”.

    Secondly, as someone else has already commented, the grounds of Stormont are a public park and open to all. And rightly so. Where security needs to be revised is in access to the upper plateau, and that should not be so very difficult.

    I am interested to know whether Michael Stone walked to the Building or drove to it yesterday. If he drove to it with all his incendiaries and armaments and parked in any of the staff/Members car park, security there does need to be revised.

  • joeCanuck

    It’s quite interesting to watch 20/20 hindsight at full gallop here.
    Also the instant armchair psychiatric analysis.

  • purdy

    “A couple of interesting points: it’s all right for a known elected terrorist to get into Stormont, but a non-elected terrorist cannot take a walk in the grounds.”

    I’m curious, many would regard Paisley, Robinson, McCrea etc.. as having terrorist connections (red berets, uvf bodyguards, Billy Wright etc..)

    Is there really much of a difference betweem the DUP & Sinn Fein in regard to a apramilitary past ?

  • joe mangel

    “I am curious as to why he is only being charged with the attempted murders of Adams & McGuinness, in addition to the guards that tackled him? Why limit charges to just those two, why not all SF MLAs or all 108 MLAs in the chamber? Why not Paisley? Stone was raving about a sell out by Paisley.”

    To be charged with attempted murder of Adams and McGuiness, Stone obviously told the securicrats that’s who he was after.

    It is obvious that security needs to be reviewed at Stormont Buildings. Yes, it is a public park, and rightly so, but surely Friday’s activities shows the need for a police presence.

  • headmelter

    “Furthermore, this revoking of his licence should have been done on mental health grounds and he should have been admitted to a secure mental hospital along time ago.”

    Stone is on life license, if he is deemed to be mentally ill, he can be transferred to a secure hospital for treatment then returned to prison to complete the rest of his sentence.

    “I am calling for a bi-partisan approach that offers help to these ex-prisoners and flags up any potential threat.”

    No harm to anyone but the wages would need to be significantly better than what is on offer at the moment to monitor the mental health and potential risks presented by the paramilitary ex-prisoner population.

  • Crataegus

    That’s one back where he belongs. High time others followed.

  • POL

    Doreen

    Secondly, as someone else has already commented, the grounds of Stormont are a public park and open to all. And rightly so. Where security needs to be revised is in access to the upper plateau, and that should not be so very difficult.

    Mark Durkin saw him in the car park shouting no surrender etc. Why was he not arrested, removed from the grounds or even monitored at that point.Beggars belief that he got as far as he did. However all it took was one woman to disarm him.

  • bertie

    “That’s one back where he belongs. High time others followed. ”

    Amen to that!

  • Rory

    Confused? Out of touch with reality? Acting in such a way as to be harmful to the public?

    Yes. Describes the DUP to a “T”. Perhaps Stone can replace Paisley as leader eventually, it would seem fitting.

  • SNP

    POL

    I didn’t wonder that too, I heard Durkan on the radio saying he had seen Stone and wondered why he didn’t immediately say to someone that Stone was wandering around shouting slogans and clearly not just there as a well wishers.

    Wasn’t Stone a supporter of the Good Friday Agreement? Why did he go so buck mad over this anyway.