Gilligan sentence reduced by eight years

Wednesday 12 November 2003 11.02

The Court of Criminal Appeal has reduced John Gilligan's 28-year-prison sentence for drug dealing by eight years.

Gilligan - who was jailed in March 2001 on 11 counts of having cannabis - had appealed against the severity of the sentence.

However, he must serve an additional five years upon completion of this sentence, following last year's conviction for threatening to kill two prison officers and their families while in Portlaoise.