Courts must treat terror seriously

The Scales of Justice on top of a court
The Scales of Justice on top of a court

The revelation that Damien McLaughlin – who is charged in connection with the murder of prison officer David Black – had his bail conditions relaxed in order to go for a spa break further undermines the already shaken confidence of the unionist community in the justice system.

It beggars belief that someone who has been charged with such serious offences could be treated so lightly by the powers that be.

This comes hot on the heels of the case of Conal Corbett who got a suspended sentence for his part in a New IRA bomb plot.

The contrast with the harsh treatment of flag protestors by the courts a few years ago could not be greater.

It is time for an end to double standards and for the courts to treat terrorist offences with the seriousness they deserve.

Jolene Bunting, TUV councillor, Belfast City Council, City Hall BT1