Muldoon first appeared in court on 1 August 2011, a few weeks after the incident, and yet he has only been convicted and sentenced 11 months later. That is one of the shortcomings of our justice system. A strong sentence is a good thing but it would be even better if justice were meted out more quickly.
Another young republican, Kevin McFall, from Moyard Parade in West Belfast was charged on the same day as Muldoon but I have not yet seen the outcome of that case. Nevertheless he certainly had to travel quite a few miles to get to Ardoyne. McFall was seen on CCTV sniffing glue while throwing a petrol bomb. He also exposed himself to police officers and two weeks later he was arrested after a separate incident and charged with aggravated burglary, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and assault on police.