The Strangford MLA stated: “It is bewildering that it took so long in Northern Ireland to introduce an obviously better system already in use elsewhere in the UK. Ministers failed in their duty to protect the public by this negligence.
“It had been evident for a long time that automatic 50% remission was a nonsense, and it is a pity it took such a tragic case to put an end to it.
“Some people are fundamentally a danger to society, and society should be free from them. The independent parole board cannot be established quickly enough.”