Member of notorious paedophile network has jail term cut

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image captionJohn Milligan's jail term was reduced by three years by appeal court judges

A man who was part of a notorious Scottish paedophile ring has had his 17-year jail term reduced on appeal.

John Milligan was jailed along with seven other men in 2009 for conspiring to commit sexual offences against a child and possessing and distributing indecent photos of children.

The 47-year-old from Govan, Glasgow, received 10 years for the conspiracy charge and seven years for the images.

Appeal judges have now decided to cut the 10-year sentence to seven years.

Milligan, a former civil servant, previously appealed unsuccessfully against the prison sentence imposed on him following a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Limited conviction

His case was referred back to appeal judges by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, which looks into alleged miscarriages of justice.

Following the appeal hearing, the Lord Justice General, Lord Carloway, sitting with Lord Bracadale and Lady Clark, quashed the 10-year sentence and imposed a seven year term.

The decision followed the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh substituting a more limited conviction against Milligan over the conspiracy charge.

Lord Carloway said that what Milligan remained convicted on was "still significant" and added: "As the trial judge has reported the appellant was a central player in the conspiracy."

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