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Jailed ex-marine loses appeal against Afghan murder conviction

22 May 2014 Last updated at 11:11 BST

A former Royal Marine jailed for life for murdering an insurgent in Afghanistan has lost an appeal against his conviction.

Sgt Alexander Blackman, of Taunton, was found guilty of murder at a court martial in November and told he would spend at least 10 years in jail.

The Court Martial Appeal Court in London decided to reduce the minimum term he must serve to eight years.

Blackman must serve the minimum term before he can be considered for parole.

Defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt reports.