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Axe murder trio are to appeal convictions

Three men jailed for hacking a father to death in the bedroom of his west Belfast home are to seek to overturn their convictions, it has emerged.

The Court of Appeal has set aside four days next year to hear the challenges by Christopher Stokes, Edward Stokes and Martin Stokes.

All three were found guilty of murdering John Mongan and sentenced to at least 58 years in prison between them.

Mr Mongan (30) was felled by a blow from an axe at his Fallswater Street home in February 2008.

The father-of-three was killed in front of his heavily pregnant wife Julia.

The accused, all Travellers from Londonderry, were jailed for the murder in March.

Edward Stokes (39) was told he would serve at least 22 years, while Christopher Stokes (35) was given at least 20 years.

Martin Stokes, who was just 15 at the time of the murder, was handed a minimum term of 16 years.

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