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Man's jail term cut for knife killing of partner in Co Derry home

By John Cassidy

Published 09/04/2016

Senior judges reduced the tariff on William Coulter’s life sentence from 18 to 16 years after ruling an additional period was wrongly imposed for previous violence allegedly inflicted on the victim
Senior judges reduced the tariff on William Coulter’s life sentence from 18 to 16 years after ruling an additional period was wrongly imposed for previous violence allegedly inflicted on the victim

An ex-policeman jailed for murdering his partner in a knife attack at their Co Derry home has won an appeal over the length of his term behind bars.

Senior judges reduced the tariff on William Coulter's life sentence from 18 to 16 years after ruling an additional period was wrongly imposed for previous violence allegedly inflicted on the victim.

Coulter (63) was convicted of stabbing mother-of-two Jillian Doherty to death in January 2003.

The 43-year-old victim suffered 30 knife wounds in the drink-fuelled attack at the house the couple shared on Mill Road in Portstewart.

Lawyers for the former RUC full-time reservist appealed the sentence, claiming that two years had been wrongly added.

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