Murderer's jail term cut on appeal
A man jailed for murdering a grandfather in a row over a cigarette has had his minimum prison term reduced from 13 years to 12.
Senior judges in the Court of Appeal said that Gerard Connors (20) was given insufficient credit for admitting he killed Seamus Fox in west Belfast in April 2010.
Mr Fox (58) was beaten to death as he walked home from a night out at Donegal Celtic Sports Club on Suffolk Road.
The father-of-eight suffered serious head injuries, with his body found on wasteground close to Woodbourne PSNI station.
Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan described it as “a brutal, merciless attack”.
Connors, from Glenveagh Drive, Belfast, had drank up to 10 pints of beer and smoked cannabis before the confrontation.