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Top chef's doing bird

A decade ago he was considered one of Northern Ireland's top chefs.

Jimmy Manning was also a former All-Ireland boxing champ who was once Barry McGuigan’s sparring partner.

But last week he was jailed for 10 years after a court heard how addictions to booze and gambling led to him embarking on a life of crime.The 45-year-old west Belfast man, who is recovering from cancer, pleaded guilty on Thursday to being part of a tiger kidnapping gang that terrified a post-mistress and her young family.

Instead of dishing up award-winning food in top restaurants, Manning will now spend his time serving up prison grub in the canteen at Maghaberry Prison.

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