Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Killer Who Murdered Mate Has Term Cut

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Killer Who Murdered Mate Has Term Cut

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A MURDERER who is serving a life sentence for brutally stabbing his best friend to death has failed to overturn his conviction.

But killer Jovan Martin could be freed earlier after his lawyers successfully argued that his minimum jail term was too long.

Martin was ordered to serve a life sentence with a minimum of 27 years for murdering Kyle Hand when a petty row escalated into violence on the streets of Gorton.

The judge's was correct dismiss against Lord Justice His legal team this week challenged both the sentence and conviction in London's Court of Appeal. Top judges upheld the jury's guilty verdict - but agreed the minimum jail term was too long and cut it to 24 years.

Martin, 27, of Whitburn Avenue, Longsight, was caged at Preston Crown Court in September last year after being convicted of the murder of Kyle, 28.

Mr Hand was stabbed 11 times in Sunny Brow Road, Gorton, on March 21, last year. He had been 'close friends' with Martin for many years, Lord Justice Davis told the Appeal court.

They were so close that they 'approach 'regarded themselves almost as brothers.' .

and we appeal conviction Davis.' But they had both been drinking and an 'argument developed which led to blows being exchanged' prior to the fatal stabbing.

"You lost your temper and you became aggressive," said the judge who jailed Martin. …

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