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Men jailed for shotgun terror at seaside Newcastle bar

By John Cassidy

Two masked men who entered a seaside bar brandishing a double-barrelled sawn-off shotgun before firing a round into the air have been sentenced to a total of five years.

The judge described it as a "frightening and terrifying ordeal" for customers.

One of the men - 39-year-old Noel Donnelly - is a convicted sex offender who cheated death last October after he was shot in the chest by dissident republicans in west Belfast.

Donnelly, formerly of Edgewater Street in Lisburn, and co-accused Robert McGibbon, of Downs Road in Newcastle, appeared in court on charges arising from the incident at the Dugout Bar in Newcastle on November 22, 2013.

Downpatrick Crown Court heard that after the pair fled the bar, they dumped the weapon in the nearby harbour.

A Crown prosecutor said that on the evening in question, Donnelly and McGibbon donned balaclavas and entered the bar via the rear smoking area to intimidate a barman. The pair were sentenced to 15 months in jail and the same on licence.

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