Ex-Prison Nurse Weds Murderer in Jail Ceremony
November 23, 2008
A former prison nurse whose career may be in jeopardy over her relationship with a jailed murderer has married him in an intimate ceremony at Maghaberry Prison.
Kathryn McClelland and glue-sniffing killer Paul Johnston (26) walked down the aisle in front of about half a dozen guests in the Co Antrim jail’s chapel last week.
Johnston and his brother Stephen are both serving a life sentence for the horrific murder of defenceless Sean May in west Belfast in December 1999.
The 58-year-old single man, who had learning difficulties, lived alone in a pensioner bungalow off the Springfield Road.
He was stabbed a total of 45 times and his head and body beaten with a wheelbrace in a frenzied attack.
The brothers’ trial heard they had been high on drink and glue on the night of the murder.
They had gone into Mr May’s home and attacked him in his bed, stabbing him with two knives.
At their trial, Mr Justice Higgins, said the brothers had attacked Mr May in “a most savage, brutal and sadistic manner”.
In a damning judgment, he slammed their complete lack of remorse for the “cold-blooded, brutal and callous murder”.
Paul Johnston was handed a minimum tariff of 19 years while his brother was given 21 years.
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It was while he was behind bars for murder that Paul Johnston wooed Ms McClelland who now works as a beauty therapist.
The divorcee — who reverted to her maiden name McCreanor before her nuptials last week — quit her job caring for inmates at Maghaberry and Hydebank Wood jails after starting the relationship with the thug, who is 18 years her junior.
Prison sources said Ms McClelland quit before she was about to be put through a disciplinary procedure by prison bosses. She was reported to the Nursing and Midwifery Council and has been suspended for almost 18 months as they probe whether the relationship was inappropriate.
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