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BBC News - Michael McIlveen murder verdicts quashed
The sentences originally handed down were very light, so the decision by the Court of Appeal to free these people should come as no surprise.
Is it true that one of the Protestants convicted was a former student of the town's only integrated secondary school and another was a former student of a Ballymena Protestant grammar school which had a long history of having large minorities of Catholics?No one has been released. The courts have taken the decision that due to circumstances raised during appeal that the convictions are unsafe.
There can be no winners out of this. A 15 year old lost his life and whatever happens to those convicted they are going to have to constantly look over their shoulders. I firmly believe that they will pay for their crimes be it now or when they meet their maker.
Ballymena has moved on a great deal from then. During the time of the death regular fights were being organised between youths. The town centre was a real dodgy place to be. One of the lads currently serving time had his ankle busted the year earlier when attacked by Catholic youths with Hurley bats.
The kind of local knowledge I would have should not be shared on a site like so. Too much rumour and hear say and it would be disrespectful to the family.
I want the correct people, the people guilty to serve the time for this crime. No one should be convicted on hear say or lies.
Nothing can justify what happened to Micky bo and I really feel for the family at this point. It just opens it all up again especially at this time of year.
I just hope justice is done.
One of them did attend Slemish college which is integrated. Not sure about the grammar school part. To the outside its a clear cut case. Protestant v Catholic. It's a little more complicated. One of the convicted has family from the Dunclug area where Micky came from and I know for a fact that family side would be at least arm chair republicans.Is it true that one of the Protestants convicted was a former student of the town's only integrated secondary school and another was a former student of a Ballymena Protestant grammar school which had a long history of having large minorities of Catholics?
Tommy's a spa who only comes here to wind up everyone. His political views are a bizarre mixture of Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and General Pinochet. A truly nasty piece of work. His infantile rants are best ignored.@Ren84,
I don't agree with the OP (I would be of the same opinion as JohnnyBoy - that if there were flaws in the original trial, then it is correct for there to be a retrial, as there will be here), but I would argue that people from the US (or anywhere) are perfectly entitled to be on politics.ie.
Three men whose convictions for murdering a County Antrim schoolboy were quashed are to face a retrial.
BBC News - Men convicted of McIlveen murder to face retrial