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Killer businessman's life sentence cut after retrial

A businessman who killed his model girlfriend has had his life sentence reduced by four years after a retrial.

Martin Inglis, 42, was convicted of murdering Charlotte Maltese, 25, in their Docklands flat, east London, in 2006 and jailed for 17 years.

The Court of Appeal ordered a retrial after Inglis was found to suffer from bipolar disorder after the trial.

Inglis was convicted of murder at the Old Bailey on Friday but the jail term was cut due to his medical condition.

The jury found that Inglis' illness was not severe enough to diminish his responsibility, but Judge Brian Barker, the Common Serjeant of London, said the underlying medical condition and other factors allowed for his minimum jail term to be reduced to 13 years.

The attack on Ms Maltese, who was battered with a lamp about the face and head, was described by the judge as "ferocious, savage and sustained".

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