McCartney welcomes recommendations to support vicitims


Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has said he welcomes the implementation of recommendations arising out of the publication of Keir Starmer’s report which will help victims of abuse.

Mr McCartney said the responsibility to investigate reports of crime lay with the Police Service for Northern Ireland (PSNI).

“This report from Keir Starmer was a review of the Public Prosecution’s handling of these cases.

“It is the sole responsibility of the police to investigate reports of crime and it is the responsibility of the PPS to prosecute in cases of abuse,” he said.

Mr. McCartney added: “At the Assembly’s justice committee we have continually raised the unacceptable and unnecessary delays.

“We welcome any recommendations that will support victims of abuse through the legal system and ensure justice.

“We will judge the recommendations of the report on how they well they serve victims in the future.”