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Gun find man Martin McLoone's prison sentence will not be reduced

By Alan Erwin

A man stopped in a car with a loaded gun during a suspected terrorist operation has failed to have his prison sentence reduced.

Martin McLoone's lawyers argued that it would be unfair to maintain his eight-year term after two co-defendants had their tariffs cut.

But judges in the Court of Appeal dismissed the 26-year-old's case after ruling that the proper punishment was handed down.

Lord Justice Gillen said: "The offence the appellant was convicted of, and the circumstances in which it occurred, well merited the sentence he received."

McLoone, formerly of Abercorn Road in Derry, was detained with three others in a Ford Fiesta near Omagh, Co Tyrone, in October 2010. The car was intercepted on the Gorticashel Road following a police surveillance operation.

A holdall recovered from the car contained a reactivated .38 Webley revolver. Ammunition was also seized. McLoone, Darryn McCallion (26), Daniel John Turnbull (34) and Mark McGuigan (30) were convicted of having a firearm with intent to endanger life.

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