“on the basis which has been put before the court and not on any other basis”

Having admitted to the manslaughter of Alan McCullough in a UDA feud, and with that plea being accepted “without objection” by the Crown prosecution, William Courtney was today sentenced to 8 years.. Alan McCullough’s family have stated that they intend to refer the matter to the Police Ombudsman.While from the PA report

Mr Justice Deeny told the court that forensic evidence tied Courtney to the location of McCullough`s murder but not to the 9mm pistol rounds used in the execution. The weapon has never been found.

The judge told him: “It is my duty to sentence you for the manslaughter of Alan McCullough on the basis which has been put before the court and not on any other basis.

“Having taken all the relevant factors into account, including your entitlement to a significant, although not the maximum, discount for your plea of guilty, I have concluded that a sentence of eight and a half years would have been appropriate.

“I reduce your sentence by a further six months because of the factor of delay. I therefore impose upon you a sentence of eight years` imprisonment.”

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  • Harris

    “Having admitted to the manslaughter of Alan McCullough in a UDA feud, and with that plea being accepted “without objection” by the Crown prosecution, William Courtney was today sentenced to 8 years..”

    8 fucking years for taking another persons life? How screwed up is your court system? I don’t care if this mans’ councilor pleaded out or not, he should be put away for life. Not only because he has the retarted chromosone, but is a gutter snipe and menace to NI society.

  • grumbleweed

    Will 50% remission still apply? There was talk of that being scrapped a while back, did it ever happen?

  • J Kelly

    i suppose he wont be getting one of the new uda jobs then

  • Dessertspoon

    Courtney will be out of jail in about 2 years, when time served on remand and yes good ol’ 50% remission is taken into account. I wonder who Mo knows to have got away with this, I wonder what deal was done with the prosecution to stop the retrial and all the stones that may have been turned over. Oh well that’s justice Norn Iron style for you.