‘Stewart’s estate should pay’

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SDLP MLA for East Derry John Dallat has expressed his hope that efforts will be made to recover legal aid money granted to Hazel Stewart now that a guilty verdict has been passed.

“Given the shocking news that double murderer Hazel Stewart’s legal aid bill has topped £120,000 yet Ms. Stewart was living, in what media have described as a luxury home, at the time of her arrest, I am hopeful that efforts will be made to recover this money from her estate. While everyone has the right to legal aid, it seems just that those found guilty should have their assets recovered to help meet the cost.”