NI Constable Stepehn Caroll was shot dead in 2009 at the age of 48. His killers, dissident Republicans were convicted and sentenced to terms of 25 and 14 years. There has now been an appeal of their sentence as unduly lenient. If the appeal is successful, they could serve more time.
I think the appeal is proper and correct. There should be an aggravading factor in the crime of killing a police officer, and that factor was clearly met in this case. Justice requires a serious review of sentencing when the sentencing is clearly insufficient.
I challenge the ATW community to comment on this particular case (without references dating back to the Battle of the Boyne) and whether they feel the appeal is warranted.