Two ex-soldiers have added their voices to the chorus of comment over McGlinchey’s sentence.
One is Ralph Howes, the 75-year-old secretary of the Wolverhampton branch of the Royal Engineers Association, who attained the rank of corporal during his national service, from 1956 to 1958.
He attended the funeral of victim Mark Quinsey, himself a Royal Engineer who had hailed from the nearby city of Birmingham.
Describing the funeral as “very moving” and with a “huge turnout”, he said: “I’m pleased to hear they’ve managed to sort something out about it (the killings). It had all seemed to go quiet. To know that someone has been given a sentence for it is quite something really.”
However, speaking about the suspension of her term, he said: “This is it nowadays – they seem to walk away with a suspended sentence. When you read of some of the cases in the paper, it makes you wonder how the judiciary think.”
UUP councillor Paul Michael is chairman of Antrim’s Royal British Legion, and had been a sapper with the Royal Engineers from 1990 to 1994, spending some of his time at Massereene.
He welcomed the statement from the PSNI that the investigation remains a live one.
“They have to be commended for the work they have done as well,” he said.
“However, when you see sentences like that today, I have to call it into question.”
It was, he said, “just unreal”, adding: “Where is the justice?”