DUP condemn Sinn Fein comments on IRA murder conviction

John Proctor (25)  Reserve RUC man shot dead outside the Mid Ulster Hospital after visiting his wife Kathleen in hospital where she was recovering after having their second child.
John Proctor (25) Reserve RUC man shot dead outside the Mid Ulster Hospital after visiting his wife Kathleen in hospital where she was recovering after having their second child.

Mid Ulster MLA Ian McCrea has condemned Sinn Fein’s reaction to the conviction of a Swatragh man for the IRA murder of John Proctor.

Sinn Fein’s Ian Milne said the decision to prosecute and convict Seamus Kearney was ‘unnecessary and vindictive’ - comments which Mr McCrea said show republicans’ inability to “understand the hurt and despair they caused”.

The DUP assembly member said Thursday’s guilty verdict was long overdue, but added: “because of the outworking’s of the Belfast Agreement, the maximum that this terrorist will serve will be two years in jail, which shows a callous disregard for the family”.

He continued: “It comes as no surprise that Sinn Fein’s Ian Milne has spoken out against the conviction and has called for Seamus Kearney to be released.

“This reaction only serves to underline Sinn Fein’s inability to fully understand the hurt and despair they caused.

“I utterly condemn Mr Milne’s comments, and urge their elected representatives to think about the pain and suffering felt by victims of terrorist violence, before releasing such comments in the future.”