Jail sentence increased over wedding killing

A woman jailed over the killing of another guest at a wedding her family attended was today given an increased eight year sentence.

Senior judges raised Brenda Meehan’s prison term from the minimum five years first imposed on her after finding that she incited her husband James Meehan to murder Jim McFadden in Derry.

New sentences were passed after Mrs Meehan, 42, and her son Sean Devenney, 23, both had their murder convictions reduced on appeal last month to manslaughter.

Devenney, who was originally jailed for at least nine years, had his term cut to four years in prison followed by 12 months probation.

Read more in tomorrow’s Derry Journal