Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Judge’s decision aids prisoner in release bid

A prisoner's bid for early release was boosted yesterday after a judge quashed a |conviction for “fighting” with another prisoner.

James Reilly (42), from Ardboe, Co Tyrone, had been sentenced to life imprisonment at the Old Bailey for armed robbery of two London post offices but his jail term was later reduced to six years and his application for release on licence is soon to come before the Parole Board.

In the High Court, Mr Justice Treacy quashed the decision by an adjudicating governor at Maghaberry Prison to convict Reilly of a breach of discipline which resulted in him being confined to his cell for three days.

Upholding an application for judicial review, the judge, who viewed CCTV footage of the incident, said he accepted Reilly's submission that the governor did not properly direct himself in terms of self-defence and added: “His failure to direct relevant questioning to the applicant on this issue was unfair.”

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