| 15°C Belfast

11-year jail term for street fight killer merited: appeal

A man jailed for fatally stabbing a father-of-six during a street fight showed "indifference" to the injury inflicted, Northern Ireland's most senior judge has said.

Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan ruled that the 11-year prison term imposed on Francisco Notarantonio for the feud-related manslaughter of Gerard Devlin (pictured) in Belfast was merited.

He held that there were enough aggravating factors in the case to warrant a sentence at the top end of the range for such a killing.

Mr Devlin (39) was stabbed with a 13-inch knife in front of his family outside their Ballymurphy home in February 2006.

Lawyers for Notarantonio (24), formerly of Whitecliff Parade in Belfast, challenged the sentence, claiming that it was excessive because the trial judge failed to properly take into account his remorse, lack of intention to kill or cause serious injury, and his youth at the time of the fatal knifing.

Belfast Telegraph