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Parole date closer in two knife attack cases

The Court of Appeal has reduced the minimum jail terms that two men convicted of unrelated “heinous” and “outrageous” knife attacks in Gibraltar must serve before they can apply for parole.

David Bonnici and Edward Celecia had each been sentenced to life imprisonment for carrying out the attacks, with the recommendation they serve a minimum of 17 years and 10 years respectively.

But after hearing complex legal arguments, the Court of Appeal yesterday reduced those minimum terms by two thirds.

In theory, it means both men could be eligible for parole by next year at the latest, although in practice their release will ultimately depend on doctors, the parole board and the Minister for Justice.

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