Belfast Telegraph

Gun pair have jail sentences reduced

By Alan Erwin

Two men stopped in a car with a loaded gun during a suspected terrorist operation are to have their prison terms reduced, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Although senior judges dismissed Mark McGuigan's challenge to his conviction for having the revolver with intent to endanger life, they cut his sentence from 12 to 10 years.

Co-defendant Darryn McCallion's original seven-year term is to be brought down to five years.

Both of them had been with another two men in a Ford Fiesta intercepted near Omagh, Co Tyrone, in October 2010.

A holdall recovered from the car contained a reactivated .38 Webley revolver hidden in a sock.

Despite dismissing the appeal against conviction, Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan allowed the challenge to the sentence. McGuigan was entitled to a two-year reduction due to delays in the trial and how he conducted his defence, he held.

McCallion's jail term was also then reduced by two years.

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