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Gavin Coyle: Appeal court lengthens sentence over bomb attack

A sentence imposed on Gavin Coyle, who was convicted in connection with a Real IRA murder bid on a Catholic police officer in 2008, has been found to be unduly lenient by the Court of Appeal.

The Real IRA bomb attack happened in Spamount near Castlederg in 2008.

Coyle was to serve a six-year sentence for IRA membership and providing a car, knowing it would be used for the purposes of terrorism.

His sentence has since been increased to eight years.

The officer was off-duty when a bomb exploded under his car as he was driving to work.

He suffered serious leg injuries and was rescued by a member of the public, who dragged him from the wreckage shortly before it burst into flames.

An earlier court hearing was told the injured officer suffered "permanent disfiguring injuries" after the Real IRA attack.

More to follow.