Protest song backing PSNI killers released on iTunes

The scene in Craigavon following the fatal shooting of Stephen Carroll in March 2009
The scene in Craigavon following the fatal shooting of Stephen Carroll in March 2009

A protest song written in support of two men convicted of murdering a PSNI officer has been released on iTunes.

Singer/songwriter Pol MacAdaim, originally from Ardoyne in north Belfast, performed the song, which “appeals for justice” for the two men convicted of Constable Stephen Carroll’s 2009 murder, during a press conference in Belfast on Sunday.

Angela Nelson, an independent councillor in Lisburn and chairperson of the ‘Justice for the Craigavon Two’ group, said: “The group was contacted by iTunes and gave us the links. At this stage they are happy for us to proceed with the links.

“If this song does get into the charts they may debate then and the BBC will debate on allowing it to go forward.

“They will know on Wednesday evening if it is getting into the top 40.”

Constable Stephen Carroll was shot dead as he responded to a 999 call in Craigavon, Co Armagh.

He was the first police officer to be killed since the formation of the PSNI.

Brendan McConville of Glenholme Avenue in Craigavon, and John Paul Wootton, from Colindale in Lurgan, are serving life sentences for his murder.

The pair had attempted to overturn their convictions but their appeal was dismissed at the High Court in Belfast in May 2014.

Earlier Stephen Carroll’s widow, Kate, told the News Letter that the two convicted men “had their part to play in Steve’s murder”.

Mrs Carroll said: “I believe the killers are still not apprehended but I don’t believe that John Paul Wootton and Brendan McConville are totally innocent because of other incriminating evidence.”

She added that while she agreed “that neither of them pulled the trigger” she believed “they had their part to play in Steve’s murder”.

Councillor Nelson said the reason for the timing of releasing the song – a week after the sixth anniversary of the murder and days before St Patrick’s Day – “is that solicitors for both men have lodged their questions to the Supreme Court in London”.

Calls have been made by politicians for the BBC not to carry the song.