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Philip Strickland murder: Two brothers sentenced to a total of 13-and-a-half years in prison

By Ashleigh McDonald

Two brothers have been sentenced to a total of 13-and-a-half years in prison for the murder of Comber man Phillip Strickland.

Ian and Jason Weir were both sentenced to life after pleading guilty to the murder of the 36-year-old farm labourer on the outskirts of Comber on January 11, 2012.

Mr Strickland was ambushed and shot in the leg in a yard on the Ballyglighorn Road, bundled into the back of his own car and driven a short distance to the Ballydrain Road before being shot in the face at point-blank range.

Ian Hugh Weir (28), from Raffery Road in Crossgar, was told he will serve four years in custody until he is considered eligible for release. Mr Justice Weir said that while the minimum starting point should be 12 years, he was reducing his sentence as he had given evidence against his father Jimmy Seales.

His brother Jason (27), from Comber Road in Carryduff, will serve nine-and-a-half years before he is considered eligible for release.

The judge gave both credit for their guilty pleas.

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