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Judge turns down killer's bid to reduce jail sentence

By Alan Erwin

A man jailed for a gangland-style murder in Co Down has failed in a bid to have his 20-year sentence reduced.

Peter Greer was appealing the 20-year life sentence imposed on him for his role in the assassination of Duncan 'Dougie' Morrison and the attempt to kill Stephen Ritchie in Bangor in May 2011.

But senior judges rejected claims the 41-year-old, formerly of Mountcollyer Avenue in Belfast, was less culpable because it could not be proven that he was one of the gunmen.

Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan, sitting with Lord Justices Weatherup and Weir, said Greer would have been facing an even longer period behind bars had it been established that he pulled the trigger.

"This is an area where the public are entitled to expect substantial deterrent sentences," Sir Declan stressed.

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