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Commenting following the sentencing of Christopher Robinson for the murder of Prison Officer Adrian Ismay, East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson said,

"Adrian Ismay was someone who served his community as a Prison Officer and gave selflessly also as a St John's Ambulance volunteer. Nearly five years after his murder it is still shocking that his murderer knew Adrian through that service.

Questions still remain as to how someone charged with such a serious crime was ever granted bail and that it was only on the fourth occasion that bail conditions were breached that action was taken to remand him in custody.

I hope the knowledge that someone has been brought to justice can offer some small comfort to the Ismay family. The words too of the judge were particularly appropriate. Northern Ireland needs more people like Adrian Ismay and it is a poorer place without him."