Gerard Connors' sentence over Seamus Fox murder reduced
A west Belfast man has had his minimum sentence for murder reduced by a year.
Last October, Gerard Connors, 20, from Glenveagh Drive, admitted the murder of 58-year-old Seamus Fox.
Mr Fox was beaten to death as he walked home after playing darts at Donegal Celtic Football Club in April 2010.
The Court of Appeal ruled the credit given for Connors' admissions and his guilty plea was not as great as it should have been and reduced the minimum jail term of to 12 years.
The Lord Chief Justice said he was satisfied the failure to enter a guilty plea earlier was a result of Connors' lawyers pursuing a case based on self-defence.
"This was an 18-year-old boy who had not previously found himself in court," the lord chief justice said.
"He and his parents were very much in the hands of the lawyers as to how they should be guided in these matters.
"Both the applicant and his family had acted responsibly in coming to the police and making effectively full admissions about the applicant's involvement in the offence at a very early stage.
"In those circumstances we do not consider that this is a case in which the applicant should have been disadvantaged as a result of the advice which he accepted."