Dr Rosemary Craig, senior law lecturer at University of Ulster, says Mr Justice John Gillen has upheld the cornerstone of British justice in setting free all nine charged with the murder of Tommy English.
The nine men involved in the super grass trial were all acquitted of the murder of Tommy English.
The accused ended up in the dock on the word of loyalists Ian and Robert Stewart. Mr Justice Gillen ruled the Prosecution had failed to place sufficient evidence before the court to justify convicting the accused:
“The supporting evidence falls far short of restoring the necessary credibility to satisfy me beyond reasonable doubt, as to the guilt of any the accused on these charges.
“The evidence before me has been too weak and unreliable, based as it is on the flawed and unreliable Stewart testimony.”
Dr Craig takes the view that the judge can only work on the basis of what the Prosecution puts before him: