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Roy to Meet Attorney General on Nichola Dickson Case

Commenting on the early release of the murderer of Ballycarry woman Nichola Dickson, Roy Beggs MLA has criticised the pre-release system- which has seen the prisoner effectively released 6 months prior to the expiry of his 11 year minimum ‘life’ sentence. The Ulster Unionist Party’s East Antrim MLA will meet the Attorney General on Thursday 14th November with Nichola’s mother and brother to discuss this case in the context of guidelines for life sentence tariffs in Northern Ireland. Mr Beggs commented: “It seems no time at all since the controversy around the lenient sentence handed out to the murderer of Nichola Dickson in Ballycarry in my constituency of East Antrim.  That fact in itself shows that the life sentence handed down in this case makes a mockery of the term ‘life sentence’.  The murderer was sentenced in June 2004 with a minimum tariff of 11 years which meant that with time … Continue reading

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