Herbie Hide cocaine jail sentence cut on appeal

Herbie Hide
Image caption Herbie Hide admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine to a newspaper reporter

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Herbie Hide who was jailed after admitting selling cocaine has had his jail term cut on appeal.

Hide, 42, of Bawburgh, Norfolk, was sentenced to 22-months prison at Cambridge Crown Court in November.

Three appeal judges cut the term to 18 months after Hide's lawyers argued the original sentence was too harsh.

Hide, who was World Boxing Organisation heavyweight champion twice in the 90s, did not attend the London hearing.

At the original trial a judge heard how Hide fell for a sting operation set up by an investigative journalist known as the Fake Sheikh.

Hide had arranged to supply the class A drug to a newspaper reporter after a series of meetings at a hotel near Norwich, prosecutors said.

Lawyers for Hide had questioned the use of "entrapment" tactics.

Hide has previous convictions for offences including criminal damage, battery, threatening behaviour and carrying a knife.

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