A petition sparked by the plight of a Maghera widow whose husband’s killer gets day release from prison despite his short sentence, has gathered the support of almost 3,000 people.
June McMullan’s husband John Proctor was shot by IRA gunman Seamus Kearney outside the Ulster Hospital in Magherafelt after he had been to visit her and their newborn son in September, 1981.
Kearney, now 58, was handed a 20-year jail term for murdering the 25-year-old RUC reserve but as he was convicted after the Good Friday Agreement will serve just two years and is due for release this November.
Although branding the two-year sentence “a joke” at the time, June said her “prayers were answered” when Kearney was found guilty in November 2013.
But in March we reported on the family’s “deep hurt” after the Swatragh man requested day release over St Patrick’s weekend.
This latest appeal, which is featured on campaign website Change.org, is to be presented to Justice Minister David Ford in September.
It asks him to “stop terrorists convicted under the GFA [Good Friday Agreement] getting day release during their two years in prison”.
Click this link for the petition.