Northern Ireland

Family of knife victim Marc Williamson angry at jail sentence

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Media captionMarc Williamson died after being stabbed in Portadown

The parents of a County Armagh man stabbed to death say they are "devastated" that his killer will be freed in a little over three years.

Marc Williamson, 21, was stabbed in the neck by Denver Cardwell in Portadown in August 2011, in an apparently unprovoked attack.

Cardwell was given an 11-year sentence, but half will be served on licence.

Taking into account time spent on remand, he will be freed in three years and three months.

Earlier this year, he was found guilty of manslaughter.

Outside court, a solicitor for the Williamson family said he would be writing to the attorney general to appeal against the "leniency" of the sentence.

Last week, a probation officer told the court that Cardwell, of Hartfield Avenue in Portadown, had never fully accepted responsibility for the unprovoked killing.

She said he had refused offers of help with his drink and drug addictions and that they considered him likely to reoffend.

Criticising the sentence, Mr Williamson's parents said: "He'll do his three and a half years; we'll do our life sentence."

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